Ballad Leaders urging regional leaders to order mask mandate
Ballad Health has issued a letter to all regional mayors urging them to order a mask mandate with hospitalization numbers surging across Ballad facilities.
Chief Operating Officer Eric Deaton and Chief Physician Executive Dr. Clay Runnels authored the letter, stating the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized from July 6 to Monday have nearly tripled in size from 17 to 45 patients, with 12 patients in the Intensive Care Unit and five patients on a ventilator.
Local case increases are also growing at a rate much faster than Ballad’s current model. The health care system hopes each city and county in Ballad’s service area will implement a face covering order to coincide with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s executive order and face covering requirement in Virginia.
So far, Sullivan and Washington County have acted on the request.
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