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Nate Blackford

President of Mosaic

Medical Center - Maryville

Just a few weeks ago, schools were in session, churches and community groups were meeting, business was business as usual, winter sports were winding down and spring sports were starting. We were planning to host (yet another) NCAA Regional Basketball Tournament at Northwest Missouri State University.

How quickly things have changed.

The rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic into the Midwestern United States has presented a challenge that we at Mosaic Medical Center — Maryville (and the rest of the Mosaic health system) are committed to addressing with incredible professionalism, compassion and skill.

We are working steadily with other health care heroes and with local, state and federal officials to prepare for whatever comes our way and to provide leadership and information to help our communities fight this invisible foe in a manner that “flattens the curve“ so our collective health care capabilities can meet our region’s needs over the months to come.

Delaying or deferring much of what was normal a couple weeks ago (and hundreds of other items that usually make life in our community special) is the only right decision at this remarkable time in our history. We ABSOLUTELY MUST resolve to do as much as we can to halt the transmission of this virus and keep each other safe.

Mosaic Medical Center – Maryville is committed to preparing for the weeks and months ahead by assessing the needs of our service areas through ongoing communication with key leaders. Our greatest weapons in the battle against coronavirus (COVID-19) is you, your family and your friends who can help by:

Keeping the elderly and those with serious health issues protected and checking on them often.

Washing your hands well and often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When using hand sanitizer, make sure it has at least 60 percent alcohol and rub your hands together until they feel dry.

Keeping your hands away from your face, mouth, nose and eyes.

Staying away from groups of 10 or more people and maintaining at least a 6-foot distance from another person. This is vitally important to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Staying home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Please call your primary care provider before you come to a Mosaic facility.

Disinfecting items you touch on a regular basis – doorknobs, computers, phones, light switches, doorknobs etc. — every day.

Spreading the facts, not fear. For more information about the COVID-19, please contact the Missouri Novel Coronavirus Information Hotline at 877-435-8411 or visit www.health.mo.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov.

We always consider it a privilege to care for you, our friends and neighbors, and we truly are all in this together. We stand ready and prepared to serve all your health care needs.

God Bless,

Nate

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