CORONAVIRUS: Local health system 'at breaking point,' according to Lyon County Public Health Featured

CORONAVIRUS: Local health system 'at breaking point,' according to Lyon County Public Health Food and Drug Administration graphic

Lyon County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Director Jennifer Millbern says the now-ongoing surge in coronavirus cases is showing no signs of slowing down, and that is putting a major strain on the local health system as a result.

As she and other health officials have done for months, Millbern is asking residents to do what they can to limit the spread of the virus, including mask usage in public, social distancing, good hand hygiene and avoiding any sort of gathering until there's a vaccine or until numbers improve. With Thanksgiving now a week away, Millbern asked residents to sacrifice now so there is no pain of loss for Christmas or next year's Thanksgiving.

Public Health has had a handful of staffers develop COVID and also unrelated illnesses, so that's also putting additional strain on services like the testing line and contact tracing. With the swell in testing, it's now taking anywhere from four to nine days to get results back.

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