People may obtain healthcare at a hospital, clinic, dentist, pharmacy, home healthcare, mental health counselor and any related healthcare service provider. Most routine care is being conducted via telehealth visits (e.g., phone call, video-chat) to protect both patients and healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Doctor’s offices, clinics, and emergency rooms are still open and available for those who are sick or need medical care. Healthcare providers are operating under the health officer’s shelter in place and physical distancing orders, which may result in a change in how the public accesses care.
For non-essential medical appointments such as annual physical exams, well-child visits, routine blood work and eye exams, health officials recommend speaking with your medical provider’s office first so they may evaluate your needs on a case-by-case basis.
Medical providers are taking necessary mitigation measures including screening, wearing masks and requiring that patients wear face coverings, maintaining physical distancing, and frequently cleaning and disinfecting spaces and facilities.