Your medical providers in Flagstaff are here for you! While we ask that you practice social distancing, we do not ask you to practice medical social distancing and want to be sure that you are not delaying routine medical care.
COVID-19 has brought new challenges to our lives, particularly for those with chronic illnesses. In fact, the American Heart Association warns that the COVID-19 pandemic has led many individuals to delay cardiac care, which can cause health emergencies.
No matter what kind of care or treatment you need, your doctors and specialists here in Flagstaff are ready to help. During this time, it’s still important to look after yourself by getting the time-sensitive medical care you need to stay healthy.
In September 2020, a study was published in the Centers for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report titled “Delay or Avoidance of Medical Care Because of COVID-19-Related Concerns.” The study consisted of a web-based survey taken by more than 5,400 adults during June 2020. Results showed that 40.9% of U.S. adults reported having delayed or avoided medical care because of concerns about COVID-19. This included 12% of adults who avoided getting urgent or emergency care.
These numbers are alarming. Individuals who put off emergency medical care put their lives at risk, and those who are not keeping their chronic medical conditions under control or immunizations up-to-date are at higher risk if they contract COVID-19.
Flagstaff Family Care has rigorous safety and cleaning protocols in place, including modifying our facilities for greater social distancing, evaluating and treating COVID-19 patients separately from others, following strict CDC guidelines, using telehealth, electronic check-in, and much more. Our exam rooms are disinfected between each patient and we use UV light disinfection so you can feel safe if you are instructed to come into the office to be seen or tested.
We are also offering drive-thru COVID-19 tests, flu shots, blood sugar levels and other testing by appointment.
Please call your medical provider and get scheduled for your routine and urgent medical care today! FBN
By Cindy Wade
Cindy Wade is a practice administrator at Flagstaff Family Care. For more information, visit FlagFamilyCare.com or call 928-527-4325.