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Local health care groups make New Year's wish for a different 2022

The Springfield area health organizations are making a plea to protect yourself and others. The letter was released as COVID cases and hospitalizations are rising fast. It's titled "A Wish For The New Year."

"Wishing with all our might we could provide some relief to the emergency patient who didn’t think it could happen to them — and who wants nothing more than to turn back time and take the vaccine that could have saved them from being wheeled through our doors," it reads.

"Take one more step to protect yourself and those around you. Don’t look back and think “if only.” If only I had stayed home when I was ill. If only I had worn a mask in crowded indoor areas. If only I had been vaccinated or boosted."

The letter goes on to say the workers are tired, but "we are not going anywhere."

It ends with the familiar requests to get vaccinated and boosted and urges residents get tested and wear a mask.

Sangamon County this week set a one day record for positive tests as numbers continue to trend up.