Upstate hospital leaders plead with community amidst COVID-19 surge – WYFF4 Greenville

Upstate hospital leaders plead with their communities to take steps to slow the spread of coronavirus cases in a news conference Monday afternoon.Officials from AnMed Health, Bon Secours St. Francis – Greenville, Prisma Health, Self-Regional Healthcare and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare held a virtual press conference at 1 p.m. Monday.The entirety of the press conference will be viewable above shortly.Leaders at all five Upstate health care systems are “calling on the community to take immediate measures to assist them in combatting the current COVID-19 surge,” said Jennifer Robinson, with Bon Secours St. Francis – Greenville.Sunday, DHEC reported 2,583 new cases of the coronavirus, and 36 additional deaths.The officials expressed concern with the growing number of coronavirus infections after Thanksgiving, especially because the next holiday season is upon us.AnMed Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Mock said, “We are now well in the tenth month of the greatest public health crisis of our lifetime. We recognize how hard this is for everyone, especially with the holidays unfolding later this week. But we are in an escalating pandemic in the Upstate and across the country. Each of us has a responsibility to do our part to lower the spread of this disease.” “For the past several weeks, Greenville’s COVID-19 trend has continued to head in the wrong direction,” said Dr. Marcus Blackstone, of Bon Secours St. Francis – Greenville, “This recent surge is threatening to overwhelm our health care systems, both in capacity and treatment capability. Additionally, health care personnel aren’t immune to this virus, and we are seeing more of them get sick from community spread. Even those that remain healthy are feeling the strain, as they work long hours to treat the influx of new patients we’re seeing. They are tired and need your help to get the spread of this virus under control.” So far, 4,566 South Carolinians have died as a result of a COVID-19 infection. “The COVID-19 vaccines are just now rolling out for frontline healthcare workers who deal directly with COVID-19 patients. It will be a few months before it can broadly help even those with high co-morbidities who are at especially high risk of complications. It will be spring/summer before it makes its way to the broad population. We can hopefully look forward to a more normal holiday season next year, but this year, we ask our communities take the extra steps to keep everyone safe – not just themselves and their families but our workers as well,” said Prisma Health Chief Clinical Officer for the Upstate, Dr. Wendell James.”We understand the public is tired of living in this pandemic. Our healthcare team is also tired,” Dr. Christopher Lombardozzi, with Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System said.”Self Regional Healthcare President and Chief Executive Officer James Pfeiffer encouraged anyone who is symptomatic or who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 to get tested themselves.

Upstate hospital leaders plead with their communities to take steps to slow the spread of coronavirus cases in a news conference Monday afternoon.

Officials from AnMed Health, Bon Secours St. Francis – Greenville, Prisma Health, Self-Regional Healthcare and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare held a virtual press conference at 1 p.m. Monday.

The entirety of the press conference will be viewable above shortly.

Leaders at all five Upstate health care systems are “calling on the community to take immediate measures to assist them in combatting the current COVID-19 surge,” said Jennifer Robinson, with Bon Secours St. Francis – Greenville.

Sunday, DHEC reported 2,583 new cases of the coronavirus, and 36 additional deaths.

The officials expressed concern with the growing number of coronavirus infections after Thanksgiving, especially because the next holiday season is upon us.

AnMed Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Mock said, “We are now well in the tenth month of the greatest public health crisis of our lifetime. We recognize how hard this is for everyone, especially with the holidays unfolding later this week. But we are in an escalating pandemic in the Upstate and across the country. Each of us has a responsibility to do our part to lower the spread of this disease.”

“For the past several weeks, Greenville’s COVID-19 trend has continued to head in the wrong direction,” said Dr. Marcus Blackstone, of Bon Secours St. Francis – Greenville, “This recent surge is threatening to overwhelm our health care systems, both in capacity and treatment capability. Additionally, health care personnel aren’t immune to this virus, and we are seeing more of them get sick from community spread. Even those that remain healthy are feeling the strain, as they work long hours to treat the influx of new patients we’re seeing. They are tired and need your help to get the spread of this virus under control.”

So far, 4,566 South Carolinians have died as a result of a COVID-19 infection.

“The COVID-19 vaccines are just now rolling out for frontline healthcare workers who deal directly with COVID-19 patients. It will be a few months before it can broadly help even those with high co-morbidities who are at especially high risk of complications. It will be spring/summer before it makes its way to the broad population. We can hopefully look forward to a more normal holiday season next year, but this year, we ask our communities take the extra steps to keep everyone safe – not just themselves and their families but our workers as well,” said Prisma Health Chief Clinical Officer for the Upstate, Dr. Wendell James.

We understand the public is tired of living in this pandemic. Our healthcare team is also tired,” Dr. Christopher Lombardozzi, with Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System said.”

Self Regional Healthcare President and Chief Executive Officer James Pfeiffer encouraged anyone who is symptomatic or who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 to get tested themselves.