Yesterday, we reached the very sad milestone of 250,000 U.S. deaths due to COVID-19 and, as you know better than most in this country, the number of Americans testing positive for the virus continues to climb at an alarming rate. It is important that people in our communities are reminded of the role they play in flattening the curve and, in particular, how important it is to wear a mask, physically distance and celebrate the upcoming holidays responsibly.

In March, CommonSpirit Health’s President/COO Marvin O’Quinn, set forth for our ministry three pandemic-related objectives: offer services to our communities, keep our people safe and provide leadership. To deliver on the leadership goal, we are doing several things, which include amplifying the importance of responsible precautions that can help stem the surge. We want to tell you about two of those efforts.

CommonSpirit Health has joined with nearly 100 hospitals and health systems across the country in support of the #MaskUp public education campaign. This campaign, which will be visible in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Washington Post and on our ministry’s many social media channels, reminds people how overwhelmed our hospitals and care sites could become without more attention to safe behaviors. We believe this appeal is especially urgent as we head into the holidays. You’ll be seeing more about the campaign in the coming days.

CommonSpirit has coauthored with several of largest health systems in the U.S. an open letter to the American people to plead with them to wear masks and honor our health care workers with their actions as well as their words. When it is published, we will extend this message on social media and urge partners, public health leaders and others to share it broadly. In addition to CommonSpirit, the signatories include some of the country’s most respected health systems: Ascension, Kaiser Permanente, Tenet, Providence, Northwell Health, New York Presbyterian and UCSF.

Please feel free to share this with your division and facility leadership teams. Thank you for everything you do every day and for your continued, dedicated service to our communities and
each other.

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