06 May Medical Directors Update 5/6
Friends, employees and collaborators:
Another week has gone by and Oklahoma has not yet seen a surge. We continue to monitor daily infections, deaths and hospitalizations. There is some concern that the amount of testing is inadequate and therefore not a good measure of the burden or the virus in the community. This is why we closely monitor hospitalizations because if people are going untested and have the illness, they should eventually “surge” the medical facilities. This has yet not happened. While not out of the woods, all of the available data shows that infections have “peaked” in that the slope of the line is close to flat. This of course depends on relaxation of social distancing measures.
As of this time, 12&12 continues to maintain aggressive environmental and social actions intended to prevent allowing the virus into the facility and if it does, prevent its transmission to the clients or employees. As of today, we have had 0 positive cases. Further, at this time, operations are close to normal…programing is at pre covid levels and patient admissions are not being limited.
As the rest of the community starts to return to a new normal, we must realize what this looks like for 12&12. To initiate this process, administration will soon be releasing the reopening procedure. This phased in approach will allow us to titrate up or down procedures as needed based on available information. As stated last week, being “reopened” does not in any way imply a relaxation of precautions. It is simply a recognition that 12&12 has had the time to adequately decompress the facility and restart in a safe manner.
I hope that you are all well and taking the necessary precautions to keep yourselves and others healthy.
Jason Beaman D.O., M.S., M.P.H., FAPA
Medical Director, 12&12, Inc.