UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Sees Huge Success with COVID-19 Vaccine Among StaffMar 31, 2021 07:54AM ● By Med Magazine
Research has shown the COVID-19 vaccines work. Now, UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s has new, local data to back it up.
Over the past two months, as our team member vaccinations increased, COVID-19 cases among our vaccinated staff have plummeted – declining to nearly zero new cases. Per the chart below, you can see a significant difference around the two-week mark between our vaccinated and unvaccinated staff.
“The numbers speak for themselves,” says Leah Glasgo, interim President and CEO at UnityPoint Health – Sioux City. “This data is a powerful, local demonstration of just how effective the COVID-19 vaccines are.”
As a result of mitigation efforts put in place because of the pandemic, we discovered that wearing a mask, social distancing and staying home when you’re sick are not only effective strategies in slowing the spread of COVID-19, but also in preventing the spread of other respiratory illnesses. To this day, there has not been a single hospitalized case of flu or RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) at St. Luke’s this season. Comparatively, we had 59 hospitalizations for the flu and 70 for RSV in the 2019-2020 flu season.
“Each year, we encourage the community to cover their cough, wash their hands thoroughly and stay home if they’re sick,” says Wendy Lindley, Chief Nursing Executive at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s. “We now have proof that these practices, along with wearing a mask and social distancing, really do work and are very simple and effective tools we can use going forward to keep our community safe.”