We are at a critical point in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we need your help. In the last few weeks, COVID-19 hospitalizations have dramatically increased at every hospital in the state, including UM BWMC here in Anne Arundel County. Combined with a nationwide shortage of health care workers and the rapid transmission of the Omicron variant, we have reached an unprecedented juncture.
It is important that we recognize the significant burden our teams have carried for nearly two years — they are tired. They have been working relentlessly to ensure every patient and family receives the high-quality care they deserve. You have supported us in countless ways over the last two years, and once again, we need your support to get us through this current surge.
The smallest daily habits can make an enormous impact. Wash your hands, wear a well-fitting mask when you leave your home, stay home if you are sick, practice social distancing, and avoid crowds. If you haven’t already, now is the time to get fully vaccinated and receive a booster shot. You will be better protected from severe illness and death from COVID-19. The majority of patients hospitalized have not been vaccinated and/or boosted. Testing may be limited, but if you can, get tested if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms.
There is a reason you hear these recommendations over and over — because they are all effective in slowing the spread of the virus and it will take all of us working together to get through this.
We’ve made great progress and we will not give up. Through every new variant and surge, we are committed to serving you. Thank you for entrusting us with your care and for doing your part to protect your family, friends and loved ones. We wish you a healthy, happy new year, and hope for a bright 2022.
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