Sauk Prairie Healthcare News

November 25, 2020

Nurses Remind of Importance of COVID19 Prevention Strategies to Reduce Spread

The nursing staff at Sauk Prairie Healthcare and Prairie Clinic recently asked their federal, state and local elected officials as well as school boards to publicly support the COVID19 prevention strategies of face coverings, physical distancing, frequent hand-washing, and avoiding large gatherings to stem the rising numbers of infections. Following is the letter: 

Dear County Supervisor: 

We, the nursing staff of Sauk Prairie Healthcare and Prairie Clinic, are reaching out to you with a plea to help us reduce the spread of COVID19 in our area. 

As nurses, we practice under the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics. Part of this code directs us, as our duty to self and others, to promote community health, safety and well-being. Some of this obligation can be achieved by encouraging several simple healthy behaviors, which have been proven to reduce transmission of the virus. To prevent the spread of COVID19, it's imperative that everyone:

  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet from people you do not live with
  • Wear appropriate face coverings
  • Avoid group activities and large gatherings
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Try to not touch your face
  • Limit exposure to sick individuals
  • Stay home if sick unless you are unable to care for yourself; then seek medical attention

The current increase of COVID19 infections has placed extraordinary strain on our nurses and other healthcare workers. It impacts our ability locally to care for both patients with and without COVID19. Additionally, because other health systems are also dealing with an influx, it can limit our ability to transfer patients to tertiary hospitals when a higher level of care is needed. Other transfer issues can occur when patients are to be discharged to skilled nursing facilities because they too must adequately prepare for a patient transfer.

We are asking that you publicly support and encourage people to adopt these basic prevention strategies. As community members we recognize the importance of keeping our local economy vibrant. The health of our citizens plays a key role in supporting our local businesses.

Sincerely,

Lisa Pickarts
Julus Pahl
Autumn Arrieta-Corona
Paige Ederer
David Kussow
Traci Brownlee
Melissa Cochrane
Susan Thering
Ashley Lemmer
Tina Scallon
Teresa Dietsch
Julie Hopkins
Rachel Sliter
Chelsea Bond
Cari Coker-Fritsch
Kate Neverman
Pam Schreiner
Jodi Clyde
Robin LaBoets
Laura Hewitt-Bartholomew
Ashley Pickarts
Lisa Leege
Nancy Diehl
Amanda Jensen
Jackie Johnson-Kruse
Alyssa Ballweg
Amy Hall
Jill Poarch
Carmen Zirbel
Kim Langer
Courtney Deters
Megan Deines
Kurtis Stoddard
Jessica Ruegg
Sarah Lee
Katelyn Brunn
Teresa Landes
Allissa Grauvogel NT
Kaylee Lane
Kristen Quayle
JoAnn McNeely
Lindsay Ortegren
Bridget Dollar
Russ Picard
Joanne Streight
Mel Sliter
Julie Gorman
Cassie Samz
Amanda Toberman
Cameron Jordan
Beth Martinka
Patricia Hill
Lisa Clark
Kristen Shea 

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