KHSL – With coronavirus still top of mind for most, hospital representatives across the country are reporting worries that many people with non-virus related medical emergencies may not be seeking the help they need.
“We do not want you to stay at home and get worse,” CEO of Shasta Regional Medical Center, Casey Fatch said. “We want you to contact your provider, contact the emergency room.”
Several hospitals in our area are now working to get the message out: Delaying a diagnosis can lead to serious health problems.
Representatives for Shasta Regional, Mercy Medical Center, and Enloe Medical Center – all say they have systems in place to screen incoming patients and to isolate those who may have the coronavirus.
Even so, hospital workers say they understand some patients may be afraid to come in.
“Unfortunately the hard part of that is that we’re seeing patients who are sicker than they should be,” Mercy Medical Center ER Nurse, Tamara Yoshida said. “Because they were afraid to come, so they waited until it was kind of scary.”
Mercy representatives said all respiratory patients are treated in separate areas and do not come into contact with any other patients.