Union Hospital addresses concerns about local COVID-19 mortality rate

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Union Hospital released the following statement on Friday after concerns increased about a rise in deaths due to COVID-19 in the Wabash Valley:

Due to the recent reports of increased COVID-19 related fatalities in the Wabash Valley, Union Hospital has begun receiving calls of concern.

While we applaud the efforts of many to plan and prepare for additional increases of positive cases, we want to assure the public that Union Health is prepared to care for those in need regardless of COVID-19.

Even though our nation continues to deal with the coronavirus, it is important for the public to know that Union Hospital will continue to lead through these challenges.

“When you have a medical emergency, it is critical that you seek medical treatment. We continue to take safe precautions for our patients and families. It is important to know that there is no increased risk at this time,” said Union Hospital Emergency Room – Medical Director, Osman Abassi, DO.

In regards to the risks of increased fatilities, Union Health is not experiencing above normal numbers at this time.

Marc Keilman, Director of Quality & Infection Control says “Our mortality rate has not increased during the most recent surge of positive COVID-19 patients. In fact, our mortality rate is lower than the national average.”

Union Health will continue to provide the highest quality medical treatment for every patient in need of care. To help reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19, we continue to encourage everyone to wear masks and follow social distancing protocols.

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