According to Jodi Witherell, chief nursing officer and vice president of quality services, “COVID-19 has shown the world a truth we’ve always known—infection preventionists are essential to keeping our communities safe. In addition to managing the usual infection control issues such as healthcare-associated infections, flu season, etc., our infection control team is simultaneously battling a global pandemic for the foreseeable future. “For this”, she added, “we are thankful to have this skilled team in service to our community.”
This announcement comes during International Infection Prevention Week, October 18 -24, an opportune time to remind community members to remain vigilant to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, particularly with flu season approaching. This week serves as a reminder to stress the importance of social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks.