Memorial Health System Posts Video
Interviews to Provide Information on Coronavirus
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[July 10, 2020]
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Health System has
launched a new series of video interviews to inform the public about
topics related to COVID-19, including updates on testing and ways
for the public to protect themselves and others.
The video interviews are available online at
bit.ly/COVID-19Conversations, according to Aimee Allbritton,
system senior vice president and chief transformation officer.
“Our goal is to make sure the public has a source of reliable
information about COVID-19,” Allbritton said.
In one interview, Linda Jones, system vice president of ancillary
operations, described the evolution of COVID-19 testing. Jones
discussed Memorial Health System’s efforts to institute a new
“rapid-testing” kit that can be processed in its own labs.
Other videos include
an interview with Diana Knaebe, system administrator of
behavioral health, offering advice on how to deal with stress and
the “paralyzing fear” that some in central Illinois are feeling
during the pandemic, and a discussion with Allbritton about how the
public plays a “frontline” role in stopping the spread of the virus
by staying at home and following “social distancing” guidelines if
they must go out.
Gina Carnduff, system director of infection prevention, gave tips in
another video about
how people can avoid spreading COVID-19 by wearing homemade
masks when in public settings, such as supermarkets.
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“This will form some kind of barrier to keep those
germs contained within the mask and not being spread to others, as
we know COVID-19 is spread primarily through the air, through
droplets when someone coughs, talks, sneezes, laughs,” she said.
Ed Curtis, president chief executive officer of the system,
complimented community residents in another video interview, saying,
in place is making a difference.”
Curtis emphasized that community residents play a key role in
helping prevent the spread of the disease by taking basic actions
like practicing good hand hygiene.
Curtis also noted that while some postponable procedures have been
delayed, residents should continue to consult their healthcare
providers if they experience any medical issues. “Nothing is being
deferred for people who need essential services,” he said.
More video interviews will be added to continue to inform the
[Memorial Health Systems]