Memorial Health System Launches COVID-19 Dashboard to Increase Public Awareness
SPRINGFIELD – Memorial Health System announced today that it will begin sharing daily updates via its website and social media on the number of people being treated for COVID-19 at its five hospitals and trends in how many people are testing positive for the virus.
“We are sharing this data with the public to help them understand the severity of the situation, as COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly, and to encourage them to take action to help protect our communities,” said Dr. Raj Govindaiah, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Memorial Health System.
The dashboard will allow central Illinois residents to see how many people are currently hospitalized at Memorial Medical Center, Decatur Memorial Hospital, Passavant Area Hospital, Taylorville Memorial Hospital and Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
The data also will include how many of those hospitalized patients are in intensive care, and how many patients at all Memorial Health System locations, including outpatient clinics, have tested positive for COVID-19.
As of noon Tuesday, 123 people were hospitalized across Memorial Health System, with today’s totals being the highest since the pandemic began.
The dashboard is available on ChooseMemorial.org/COVID19 and will be shared daily on the Memorial Health System Facebook page.
Memorial Health System leaders also urged the public to recognize that the rapid and large increases in the numbers of people being tested has also created much higher call volumes at the South Sixth Respiratory Clinic and other clinic locations.
“The surge of COVID-19 cases is affecting all clinical locations, not just our hospitals,” said Jay Roszhart, president of the Memorial Health System Ambulatory group. “We urge the public to have patience with our healthcare workers, who are responding as quickly as they can as they triage patients’ needs. You may experience a delay in callbacks, but we assure you, we will get back to you as soon as possible.”
Govindaiah urged the public not to give in to so-called COVID-19 fatigue.
“These are not just statistics,” he said. “Every number represents a family member, a friend, a neighbor. We want the public to understand that the human impact of COVID-19 is very real.
“The surge has hit our community,” he said. “We need the community’s help to reverse these alarming trends. We need the public to stand with us. Wash your hands, wear a mask, watch your distance and get a flu shot.”