IMPORTANT: Hatzolah Medical Director Urging People NOT To Avoid Hospitals If They Have COVID-19 And Need Treatment

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An important email from the Medical Director of Lakewood Hatzolah (who is the Medical Director of NYC Hatzolah as well) was provided to YWN, and it is published below. Our decision to publish this, is to inform the public about the importance of seeking the proper medical care if infected with COVID-19 – and not being scared to go to a hospital, which are pretty empty at this point. There are many new treatments (see below) which hospitals are utilizing, and if given early, are seeing a tremendous positive outcome.

To the members,

As you are all aware, there has been quite an uptick in positive COVID cases in Lakewood and surrounding areas. While the majority of cases are mild, we have seen some patients requiring oxygen, hospitalization, and even ICU admissions. However, we are getting reports that patients and families may still be afraid to call for even severe symptoms and are afraid to go to the hospital. The reality is that currently the hospitals are underwhelmed, are below capacity, and have advanced therapies such as high flow oxygen, Remdesivir, IV steroids, convalescent plasma, etc available for COVID-19 patients and some are proven to be more effective if given earlier in the course of the illness, especially before day seven. Therefore, it is in the patient’s best interest to be evaluated and possibly admitted in the hospital earlier rather than later.  Additionally, some hospitals are still allowing visitation.

We must go back to the “pre-covid” mentality. Patients with moderate to severe illness and especially with hypoxia should absolutely be encouraged to be transported to the hospital.

Please let your friends, families, neighbors, and colleagues know about these recommendations.

As a reminder, masks and gloves are required on EVERY call, and more advanced PPE such as N-95 masks, gowns, and eye protection should be used when indicated.

We hope that the trend continues to decrease and we only see mild cases, but we must be prepared to deal with a possible serious second wave. We will keep you updated as the situation evolves.

Have a K’sivah Vachasima Tovah and thank you for all that you do.

Sincerely,

Dr. Shimshi Zimmerman
MD-7

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14 COMMENTS

  1. there has been quite an uptick in positive COVID cases in Lakewood and surrounding areas. Because they brazenly are not wearing mask in Shuls & Yeshivas over there השם ירחם

  2. I am sorry, but we have completely lost confidence in the hospital system. It does not matter if they are empty or full, they have a proven track record which cannot be ignored. Hashem should help and give wisdom to anyone who, chas veshalom, has to make a decision whether or not to go.

  3. underwhelmed is an UNDERSTATEMENT.. lets list the hospitals & how many frum ( or anycovid ) patients are there . please post which hospitals are using what treatments & visitation hrs.. the public will trust when they have a real facts…by putting out facts you also squash unfounded rumors

  4. Waite a Second.
    Wasn’t there a wide news coverage among the community that hospitals were treating Covid sick LIKE ANIMALS?
    NOT giving and denying patients water, food and left them to die.
    Stealing their personal belongings?
    Hospitals with Jewish names?

    Who the hell is going to trust hospitals, where its “Front line Heros”, are alleged to be accessory slow death of their patients?

    Whatever happened with the accusations brought against the hospitals?
    The Jewish Hospitals with Jewish sounding names, Never, As far as I know responded to these accusations.
    Their silence is tantemouts to agreeing to the claims. Their silence refers them GUILTY of murdering patients.

    There is no accountability in State of New York. The governor was accused of dumping sick elderly to nursing homes and there has been no investigations. Only political HOLLOW statements and hate to deflect.

    I THINK IF ONE (Chaila) is sick with symptoms SHOULD SEEK ALTERNATIVE CARE THEN TO GO TO THEIR OWN GRAVES (CHAILILA) BY WALKING TO HOSPITALS.
    NO TRANSPERENCY. NO TRAETMENT. NO ACCOUNTIABITY.

    UNLESS THERE IS CLEAR SIGNS THAT THERE IS A RELIABLE HOSPITAL . AND BY THAT I MEAN NO KISS-AXX CRONIES WITH PEIOS AND STRAIMELS. NO LAP DOGS endorsements.
    Sorry for being blatant truthful.

  5. I’m wondering based on the information of the uptick perhaps we shouldn’t have any minyanim on rosh hashanah or at least indoors. My guess is that it could only be a zchus for rosh hashanah

  6. I think you should explain more clearly what has changed since a friend of mine ‘did the right thing’ back in April, went to the hospital, was neglected there, and died – alone. This type of experience is why people are afraid to go to the hospital.

  7. Hatzolah should urge the Yiddisher doctors to give Hydroxychloroquine Zinc Azithromycin Vitamin D & C, so we can keep patients out of the dreaded hospitals

  8. I’m disappointed and dismayed that Hatzalah still doesn’t mention the “HCQ protocol” (aka Zelenko protocol) which i’ve seen (in thousands of cases) works 99.99% of the time (if the simple instructions are followed completely.)

    According to EVERY report, it’s the best and most reliable method of NOT needing hospitalization at all.

    As a matter-of-fact, i present this challenge:

    Search online as much as you can, and see if you can find a single study/report that the protocol didn’t work.
    On the other hand, every study/report that claims failure, you will notice they failed to follow the protocol properly. (usually missing the Zinc.)

    Go ahead.
    Try to find any study that failed, although the protocol was followed.
    And try to find any report of failure where the protocol was followed.

    I surmise that Hatzalah’s hands are tied, and they are afraid of being defunded if they so much as mention this highly politicized protocol.
    For shame…

  9. it is both sad and amusing when people blame this uptick on the lack of masks. Who told them this ? And if it so why now ? There were no masks all summer long and there was no spike.

    So many have been convinced by our government the absurd notion that virtually every case can be blamed on humans who are not behaving responsibly. So wrong ;epidemics are a natural phenomenam and were always viewd in this context.

    Ultimately deep down people refuse to accept the hard truth that this is not in human hands. They would rather believe that it i someone’s fault and it could therfore theoretically be stopped. They are scapegoating because it is too hard to accept that we are the mercy of nature.

  10. And while you do research on the hydroxychloroquine protocol, also do research on the hospitals’ treatment of patients during the height of the coronavirus pandemic and name one reason why a sane person should even dream of stepping into a hospital. True, most doctors and nurses are very dedicated but they unfortunately have to answer to a higher calling, namely our ___________ governors, who have no issue killing patients. Whether its by no visitation, starvation , pulling the plug, intubating without checking in on the patients, and pure neglect- all with the authorization of the governors. And as guilty as they are they prohibit anyone from suing the hospitals. So think twice before you make your decision.

  11. If patients were neglected because Hospital Staff were afraid to get too close (out of fear they would get infected), then who cares how empty or underwhelmed the Hospitals currently are?? What’s if the rise in cases cause the hospital ER or ICU to overwhelm?

    Dr. Zimmerman has not made any convincing argument that Patients would get better care then that received by so many in March-April when they were left to die of starvation or neglect r”l.

  12. my personal story and opinion
    IM SAYING KADDISH FOR MY FATHER WHO UNFORTUNATELY passed away from covid -19
    hatzalo was nice and instead of taking him to the local wearhouse clinic called maimonides (hospital)
    they took him to a supposedly better hospital in manhattan but the end result was the same
    no communication no update no idea what was happening until after he passed away on yomtov thats when i received a call
    Im not pointing fingers or blame but hatzalo shouldnt be giving advise out now for people to start entering hospitals, as the medical establishment currently knows what doesnt work but have yet to figure out what does work.

    when we asked the hospital why arent they trying plasma they said its still in trial use at mt sinai and theyre waiting for the results of the trial . well it took too long as my father isnt around anymore. besides the loss to our immediate family, hundreds of people are affected by his petira (yes he was a public person who helped many many in our community )
    After our experience with my father zl i can definitely say HOSPITALS ARENT MEANT FOR SICK PATIENTS STAY AWAY IF YOU CAN FOR AS LONG AS YOU CAN
    the medical establishment has yet to get a grip or understanding of covid-19 they try this they try that and are hoping something will work in meanwhile your the guinea pig theyre practicing on
    unless hatzalo will send volunteers to check on the care of each patient it takes to the hospital which it isnt responsible to do they shouldnt suggest for patients to agree to be admitted to the hospital