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DCH asks community to avoid large indoor gatherings

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Healthcare System is asking the public to avoid larger indoor gatherings, including family celebrations, as the holiday season approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As DCH remains fully prepared for COVID-19 patient surges, the hospital wants to remind the community, the CDC guidelines that address the national surge also apply close to home,” officials said in a press release.

DCH encourages the community to:

— Wear masks whenever you are around other people outside of your immediate family, especially in public places.

— Celebrate the holidays only within your household. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.

— Avoid crowds and crowded situations. Practice social distancing when standing in line at the grocery store or gas station.

— Always wash your hands and sanitize your hands whenever you are away from home.

Dickinson County Healthcare has safety protocols in place to protect patients and staff from the spread of COVID-19.

“The community should feel comfortable knowing that all DCH health care services are safe to access at this time,” officials said.

In other news from Thursday’s hospital board meeting:

— A new retail pharmacy is open in the main lobby of Dickinson County Memorial Hospital. This is a convenience for patients exiting and entering the facility, but is also available to everyone. The pharmacy offers a curb-side pickup option;

— A new radiation oncologist. Dr. Maryam Hamidi, will soon be joining the cancer care team after completing the credentialing process.

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