Accessing the Necessary Level of Health Care
Local medical care facilities and first responders have
noticed situations where people are not accessing urgent health care for heart attacks and strokes out of concern of contracting COVID-19 in medical facilities.
"If you're having an emergency medical problem such as a stroke or a heart attack, timely and prompt care is extremely important to give you a good outcome from these serious medical problems and a good recovery," says Dr. David O'Brien, Chief Executive of MultiCare.
"It is important that people seek their normal pathways to treatment, but not delay," says Adam Richards, Director of Emergency Services for Providence Health and Services.
Medical facilities are taking significant time and care to sanitize and clean facilities
in addition to organizing areas of care to protect patients and staff. Citizens are urged to
call 9-1-1 or visit the nearest emergency room when experiencing
symptoms of a stroke or a heart attack