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Getting Safe Care During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Getting Safe Care During The Coronavirus Pandemic

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Apr 29, 2020

Updated Nov 17, 2023

5 min read

Getting Safe Care During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Visit SCL Health's Coronavirus Information and Resources page for more information.  

According to a recent national study, nearly two thirds of people surveyed think there is an elevated risk of contracting COVID-19 if they seek in-person medical care.

While the fear is understandable, there are ways to protect you and your family if you need medical care during the coronavirus pandemic.

For non-emergencies, give virtual care a try.

Many health systems, including SCL Health, have launched e-visits or video visits with healthcare providers so people can get the care they need from the comfort and safety of home. Using a MyChart account, you can try an e-visit, an online assessment that is then reviewed by a provider, or you can schedule a video visit with an SCL Health Medical Group Provider, even if you have never been seen by SCL Health before. 

Continue to get the care you need.

If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, COPD, or high blood pressure, it is important to continue following your care plan and stay in touch with your provider. Most medical offices, including those at SCL Health, have instituted increased safety measures so people can still get the essential care they need while reducing risks to patients and providers.

If going to an office, wear a mask and practice physical distancing.

The CDC recommends masks in any public setting where social distancing is hard to maintain. Bring and wear a clean mask for your safety and the safety of others. Also, maintain six feet of distance if you can.

Expect to be screened for COVID-19.

If going to a medical office, expect to be screened for fever, cough or shortness of breath. If you are sick, you will likely be separated from others to keep everyone safe.

If you need emergency care care, call 911.

Chest pain, strokes and other serious conditions should never be ignored. Time is of the essence when it comes to heart attack and stroke and not getting immediate care can have a lasting impact, or even risk death.

Click here to learn more about how SCL Health is keeping patients safe.