When we started vaccinating health care workers at Lehigh Valley Health Network, the end of the pandemic seemed like a viable and coming reality.
A year later – it’s still not a reality. It’s frustrating. It’s disappointing. And it’s tragic.
Our hospitals are full. We’re treating nearly as many COVID-19 patients today as we were a year ago. Add to that: RSV, the flu, and other everyday accidents and illnesses. Broken arms. Heart attacks. Car accidents. The system is taxed. Every hospital and caregiver in the country feels that. We feel it physically, mentally and emotionally.
You’ve either read about, heard from a friend, or maybe even experienced for yourself: long wait times in the ER, lines to get tested for COVID-19, and longer than normal turnaround time for test results.
We’re strained – but we’re not without options that ensure you get the best care in the most efficient manner.