Local healthcare leaders in Iredell County appeal to the community regarding COVID-19 cases

Colt Jones

IREDELL COUNTY, NC — Local healthcare leaders of Iredell Health System, Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, and Piedmont Healthcare appeal to the public to help reduce the number of COVID-19 cases by complying with health protocols and regulations.

While much of the nation hastily returned to normal activities, the number of COVID-19 patients in local hospitals has increased drastically over the past few weeks. Hospitalizations at Iredell Memorial have risen 1,200 percent with more than 50 patients hospitalized per day.

The same trend was seen at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center with 17 inpatients and Davis Regional Medical Center with 10 inpatients. Emergency care centers and primary care offices across Iredell County are also seeing a growing number of patients with COVID-19 symptoms or patients exposed to people who have been infected.

“This is a startling trend, and proves that we are not yet out of the woods with COVID-19,” said John Green, President & CEO of Iredell Health System. “Several months ago we were headed in the right direction. Now, we’re not”

Green appealed to the public to continue implementing health protocols such as washing hands, wearing masks, practicing social distancing, avoiding large crowds, and following proper isolation guidelines if exposed to infected people. He also stressed that residents should be vaccinated immediately.

Data show that vaccinated individuals rarely cause severe complications and hospitalizations with 80 to 90 percent of individuals hospitalized not being vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Vaccines remain the best strategy for reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Clyde Wood, Network CEO of Lake Norman Regional Medical Center and Davis Regional Medical Center. “Please take the time to learn the facts about the vaccine as you make your decision regarding vaccination. People need to act now to limit the lasting impact this ongoing surge will have on our community.”

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