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PACHS, Community Still Vigilant as COVID-19 Continues

April 22, 2020
By Joseph Schany , Emmetsburg News

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Bob Radvansky, Director of Quality Assurance/Risk Management/Infection Prevention at Palo Alto County Health System (PACHS) in Emmetsburg, remains optimistic in regards to the future.

"We have no idea what's going to happen but as long as we continue with what we are doing we are going to be in great shape."

Since the beginning of the outbreak, Radvansky, in charge of planning in the PACHS command structure, has laid the groundwork to manage the crisis which, as of Friday, April 17, has been absent in Palo Alto County, one of the very few counties left in Iowa with zero confirmed COVID cases.

"I give a lot of credit to the people of the county," said Radvansky. "When the guidelines came out and we started pushing the social distancing and flattening the curve, I think Palo Alto County really embraced it."

While Radvansky appreciates the efforts made by the community, he is also quick to point out that Palo Alto County is not yet through the crisis and, as frustrating as it may be, urges everyone to continue social distancing, wearing masks, and practicing good hygiene.

"The next couple of weeks are going to be tough because we are seeing places like New York and some of the bigger cities on their downswing. We are not quite at our peak yet so we can't relax our vigilance."

Added Radvansky, "I'm exhausted too. I don't like wearing a mask. I don't like not being able to go out when I want to but just a couple more weeks and I really think we are going to see a light at the end of the tunnel."

Read the full article in The Reporter.



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