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Community Update from MetroHealth

1/1/2021

Dear Friend of MetroHealth,

For what feels like the first time in a long time, hope is not something we are waiting for. Last week at MetroHealth, we held hope in our hands. Scroll down to read more about how we are continuing to spread hope and stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

As COVID-19 cases continueacross Ohio, we are askingyou to continue safety precautions— even if it means the holidays will have a different feel this year.We will get through this by being diligent, looking out for one anotherand being kind.

For now, remember that if you have any questions about COVID-19 or are worried about symptoms you or a loved one might be experiencing, call our hotline: 440-59-COVID. Providers are on duty 24 hours a day and you don't have to be a MetroHealth patient to tap their wisdom.

 

 

Hope is Here!

Sherrie Williams, MD, was the first MetroHealth employee to receive the COVID-19 vaccine last Wednesday. For the rest of the week, shots were given to more than 1,100 of our front-line workers, including physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, safety forces andcustodial staff. And if that wasn't good news enough: Our pharmacists discovered that vials of the Pfizer vaccine contained more than the promisedface shots each.Click here to watch the story by CBS This Morning.

 

A Dose of Inspiration

The vaccine is our best chance to slow the spread of COVID-19. It will take time, but this is the path forward. Click here to learn why so many of our MetroHealth employees are getting vaccinated.

 

Meet Our Sheroes

Each year since 2018, the MetroHealth Women@Metro committee has honored extraordinary women who share MetroHealth’s passion for improving the health and well-being of everyone in our community. We call these women “Sheroes.” Click here to read their stories.

 

You got this! Rethinking Resolutions

Thinking about setting a bold New Year's resolution? You're not alone! Click here for sage advice from MetroHealth’sRobert L. Smith, Ph.D – aka “Dr. Bob,” the caregiver for the caregivers. Instead of focusing on the larger goal, focus instead on changing habits and routines.

 

 

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COVID-19 Rapid Testing for Community Front Line Employees

We are honored to partner with the Cuyahoga County Health Department, The Cuyahoga County Executiveand the Cuyahoga County Council to pilot a COVID-19 point-of-care rapid testing program for essential public service workers.

The pilot program began last week and will serve essential workers such as paramedics, firefighters, police officersand employees at the jail. This pilot program will also inform future testing efforts. Click here for details

 

 

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Temporary Closing of MetroHealth Sites to Ensure Staffing

To ensure adequate staffing levels during the COVID-19 surge, MetroHealth has temporarily closed some facilities and redeployed staff to where they are needed most. Seven sites will be closed through at least the end of the year.Patients who have appointments at sites being closed are being referred to other locations for care or are being offered telehealth options. Click here to see the list of temporarily closed sites.

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It’s a Beautiful Day to Start Vaccinating

The vaccine has arrived, the vaccinations have begun and the prescription for hope is finally being filled. Click here to listen to our latest podcast episodefor an up-close look at the historic Wednesday when MetroHealth took the first steps in the beginning of the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.