Twenty-six Hastings doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants signed a letter urging residents in Hastings and surrounding communities to get the COVID-19 vaccine and wear a mask.
“We know vaccination against the virus is our best path to end the pandemic,” the letter said.
The letter asks that people continue to take precautions to prevent spreading the virus, including getting the COVID-19 vaccine, washing your hands, wearing a mask and getting tested if you’ve been exposed to the virus.
“We must do all that we can to help protect children and others who are not able to be immunized,” the letter said.
It also states the importance of all kids to wear masks to school since not all students can be vaccinated.
“Masking decreases the spread of the COVID-19 virus, decreasing the risk of COVID-19 to all students,” the letter said.
The letter states that they as healthcare workers have seen the devastation COVID-19 has had on individuals and families to end and they want to the suffering caused by the virus to end.
“As the physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants of the Hastings healthcare community, we are asking that the each of you take steps to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community as we continue to struggle with COVID-19,” the letter said.
It also states that everyone in the community must do their part to end the spread of the virus to keep everyone safe.
“We are seeing more cases of COVID-19 variants in Hastings, across our state and western Wisconsin, and throughout the U.S.,” the letter said.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reports daily new cases of COVID-19 in Dakota County in the hundreds for the last two months.
MDH reported 152 new cases of COVID-19 and four new deaths from the virus on Oct. 28.
After low daily cases of COVID-19 through the summer following the COVID-19 vaccine access to the public, cases have begun rising again in the fall due to the spread of the delta variant.
The number of hospitalizations from the virus and ICU hospitalizations have also been increasing since the summer, MDH reports.
“Many vulnerable individuals in our community are getting sick, being hospitalized, and even being transferred to larger hospitals for respiratory support and other critical care services,” the letter said.
Minnesota has seen an average of 90 hospitalizations from COVID-19 a day throughout fall. This is a climb in hospitalizations after average new admissions throughout the summer was around 20 a day.
“As a community, we must ensure we are taking every possible step to keep our families, our friends and our communities safe,” the letter said. “Thank you for doing your part.”