July 22, 2021 Update

Good afternoon,

As a stakeholder in our region, we wanted to urgently share updated information with you, as well as express our continued willingness to support your COVID-19 health needs.

In coordination with MSTC and Cross Roads Health Ministries, we can confirm a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in our region. There are approximately 25 to 30 confirmed cases throughout our region in the last 2 weeks. We cannot confirm the prevalence of the delta variant.

Our region has set a high standard within the State for accessibility of testing. CRNA’s Primary Care and Testing team has been working at capacity to address testing needs. Based on resource restrictions and manufacturer testing requirements, we are currently not able to immediately test everyone requesting a test. Unlike our testing operations earlier in the pandemic, we are no more restricted to a short timeframe in which a test must be processed.

Our team is appropriately triaging requests for testing to ensure proper and sustainable use of testing resources. In an effort to communicate this, we ask you to pass this information to others when you have the opportunity. Your patience and understanding will go a long way in ensuring the success of our efforts.

Getting tested immediately is usually not the best strategy, it takes time for symptoms and testing conditions to develop. Regardless of testing availability or symptoms, individuals that believe they have been exposed should be prepared to stay at home for a period of up to 14 days. We recommend utilizing resources from CDC and contacting a provider for more detailed guidance.  We encourage high-risk individuals and elders who have had direct exposure to immediately notify their provider to develop appropriate testing or case management strategies.

We remind you to take it upon yourself to be diligent in practicing proper hygiene, social distancing, and mask-wearing.