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(The following article is an opinion piece and does not necessarily reflect the views of iFIBER ONE News, iFIBER Communications, or it’s staff)

Our healthcare system is on the brink. We need you to stay home and wear your mask whenever you are around people who don’t live with you.

We will not make this argument with graphs and data: Been there, done that. 

The reserve capacity that any emergency system maintains to keep everyone safe is spent. The hospital is full and pulling staff from the clinics to support those who are sick and dying in the hospital. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, understand that cancelled clinic appointments are most likely the result of resources being pulled toward those sick with COVID-19.

Our nurses and physicians are also spent, they drive home close to tears, and the next morning put on a brave face and head back into the fight.

We need you to stay home and wear your mask whenever you are around people who don’t live with you.

For months our local leaders have petitioned the state for local control, arguing that those of us living in Chelan and Douglas counties know best how to control the pandemic within our communities. This is what local control feels like, two local physicians who have spent their careers in service to each of you, pleading with you. We need you to stay home and wear your mask whenever you are around people who don’t live with you.

None of us plan to slice our finger, or break our ankle, or develop appendicitis. All of us plan to go to the hospital when a medical crisis strikes. The hospital has limits, and if people continue to ignore well proven COVID precautions - masking, distancing, hygiene - the hospital won’t be available to suture your finger, set your fracture, or remove your appendix – it will be full.

We need you to stay home and wear your mask whenever you are around people who don’t live with you. Please.

Dr. Peter Rutherford is the CEO of Confluence Health. Dr. Malcolm Butler is the chief medical officer of Columbia Valley Community Health and the health officer of Chelan-Douglas Health District.

(4) comments

AlexSGabor

Why are doctors so focused when it comes to preventing disease and treating it with drugs and yet they couldn't save anyone from dying, going blind, getting millions of different viruses and effectively treating thousands of mental conditions documented by the APA and AMA?

darling

Well, my hat is off to the Docs. that work tirelessly. I wear a mask to protect my lungs, which are failing from childhood. To all abused Patients, I am sorry for the fear that created this. This is a Virus. Lead from the heart. Compassion, Respect.

Stfu deplorables

Where are all the outraged Deplorables and Magats? Hard to believe but I guess even anti-mask Covidiots who screamed "This is all a liberal hoax" now know to STFU. Thank you for your cooperation until further notice. Remember, not only will we not get the special Regeneron Cocktail that saved Trump and Carson and Christie and hopefully saves Rudy.....we might not get into the Hospital AT ALL. Dont be surprised if Nursing homes have to start accepting Covid Elderly with DNR orders ..it may start happening in Idaho next week.

AlexSGabor

Save your pennies! Copper Kills Viruses! Google it! Youtube it! In loving memory of 15 dead seniors at McKay Hospital in Soap Lake!

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