…But, they say, it’s worth noting that, at least for now, local COVID numbers are finally heading in the right direction once more.
St Tammany Health System reports that just like national data, numbers for them show predictable spikes in COVID infections in the weeks following major holidays, despite the repeated warnings of our health officials to follow the social-distancing rules. But, they say, it’s worth noting that, at least for now, local COVID numbers are finally heading in the right direction once more.
On Tuesday Feb. 23 STHS had its lowest number of inpatients under COVID care since the week before Thanksgiving. That number, for the record: 17. That’s still too many, but it’s a far cry from the 66 they had back on Jan. 15, which currently stands as the health system’s high-water mark.
The health system encourages everyone who can to get vaccinated. Effective this week, and in keeping with state Department of Health guidelines, STHS has expanded COVID vaccine eligibility. Among those now included: teachers, pregnant women, and people 55 and over with at least one of the conditions listed by the CDC as placing them at “increased risk.”