I’ll admit it: When I got a call early last week requesting my presence at Putnam County Hospital on Wednesday, I had mixed feelings about it.
Why would any sane person walk into a hospital when there’s still you-know-what to worry about?
But common sense got the better of me.
Would Putnam County Hospital be setting a trap for me?
Is the hospital a death zone right now?
Not according to any data I’ve seen.
Is there a risk of COVID-19 infection in going to the hospital?
Sure. But there have been risks every morning since mid-March that I’ve still ventured to the office … risks when I’ve chosen to go get groceries or medicine … risks even when I’ve driven through or otherwise picked up food from area restaurants.
And let’s be honest — a place staffed by medical professionals and already obsessed with cleanliness is probably better equipped to cope with COVID-19 than these places.
Besides, sometimes the benefits outweigh the risks.
“We are really worried that people are staying away out of fear,” Dr. Keith Landry told me later. “Fear shouldn’t keep people away from this place. We want people to feel confident.”
But more on my discussion with Dr. Landry and others later.
With some apprehension, I took the call Tuesday afternoon from PCH scheduling, telling me to arrive by 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. However, the procedure for entering the hospital has changed, I was advised.
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