Manning Regional Healthcare Center

Don’t Delay Routine Care During COVID-19

Manning Regional Healthcare Center wants to remind everyone that it is important to continue to seek routine medical care, even in the face of COVID-19.

“We know that a pandemic presents unease when seeking healthcare in any setting,” said Michelle Anderson, RN, BSN, MRHC Chief Nursing Officer. “We are dedicated to providing the safest care possible to those we serve. Please remember your overall health is important, especially when facing COVID-19.”

According to the Morbidity and Mortality weekly report by The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on September 11th, 2020, delayed treatment might increase morbidity and mortality in acute and chronic conditions.

CDC statistics show a marked decrease in heart attack, stroke and blood sugar issues presented to the emergency department in the weeks following the declaration of COVID-19. Within a ten-week time period, emergency visits declined by 23% for heart attacks, 20% for stroke, and 10% for hyperglycemic crisis.

What does this mean for patients?

“There have been increased deaths because people are afraid to seek medical attention during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Anderson said. “If you are experiencing any chest pain, altered mental status, or any life-threatening issue, you should seek immediate medical attention, even during a pandemic.”

Can I safely go to the doctor?

Yes. MRHC has implemented numerous measures to protect patients and employees:

  • Doors: Every person entering the facility is screened (temperature/screening questions)
  • Masks: All patients and staff wear masks when in the facility
  • Cleaning: MRHC housekeeping team is diligent with proper cleaning techniques to kill the virus
  • Waiting rooms: Decreased patients in waiting rooms, seating positioned six feet apart
  • Respiratory clinic: In a separate location of the hospital with its own entrance to keep well patients apart from sick patients.

It is important to have a provider manage your routine health care and follow their advice on regular and preventive care such as:

  • Screening colonoscopies
  • Mammograms
  • Immunizations (child/adult)
  • Chronic disease management (high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.)

MRHC offers both in-person and telehealth visits. Appointments can be made by calling (712) 655-2072. Contact your healthcare provider to see what type of visit fits your health needs. 

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