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Stay Vigilant, Stay Safe, Stay Healthy Keep On Doing What You’re Doing

By Staff | May 12, 2020

by Joseph Schany

Palo Alto County continues to show zero confirmed cases of COVID-19. As the weather gets warmer and the government restrictions on public establishments loosen, members of the community are more readily leaving their homes. Because of this, one of the greatest challenges we now face is the potential for complacency.

A COVID-free community does not mean the threat is any less prevalent or dangerous and now, more than ever, it is imperative to stay vigilant, stay safe, and stay healthy.

Bob Radvansky, Director of Quality Assurance/Risk Management/Infection Prevention at Palo Alto County Health System (PACHS) in Emmetsburg, recently said the coming weeks will present a challenge to Palo Alto County, pointing out that, as more locations across the United States pass their peak COVID cases and relax restrictions, the easier it is to become complacent.

“The next couple of weeks are going to be tough,” stated Radvansky. “We can’t relax our vigilance but we’re doing a great job. We need to keep going just for a little while longer.”

Though sometimes frustrating, it’s important to continue the practice of social distancing, wearing masks, hand-wasing, and following all other preventative measures for stopping the spread of COVID-19 in order to maintain the health, safety, and well-being of the community. It only takes the miscalculation/complacency of one to jeopardize all.

“I’m exhausted too,” noted Radvansky. “I don’t like wearing a mask. I don’t like not being able to go out when I want to, but just a couple more weeks and I really think we are going to see a light at the end of the tunnel.”

In a recent interview, Dr. Thomas Getta, M.D., PACHS, also voiced the importance of continuing to follow health measures and guidelines at this time, regardless of the inconvenience they might present.

“It’s frustrating,” said Getta, “but hopefully we will look back and say, ‘Man, I’m really glad we did what we did.’ It’s a price to pay but it is a small price to pay.”

In an effort to help save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, one important step the community can take is to complete the Test Iowa health assessment at www.testiowa.com. The test will help give the medical community the crucial data needed to track the virus.

The sooner COVID-19 cases can be identified, the sooner we can all get back to our normal, healthy way of life.