JULY 31, 2020
HATTIESBURG CLINIC ASKS YOU TO SOCIAL DISTANCE, MASK UP, AND TALK TO YOUR PROVIDER
AN UPDATE FROM HATTIESBURG CLINIC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TOMMY G. THORNTON, FACMPE
It is now almost August, and not only is the COVID-19 pandemic still here, but it is more prevalent than ever before.
For this first time since the first local diagnosis in March, we are experiencing peak levels of COVID-19-positive patients, a strain in our medical resources, and more concerning, a strain in our ability to care for not only COVID-19 patients but other emergency health-related issues. Hattiesburg Clinic has seen over 13,000 patients at our Cough & Fever Clinic alone. In the last two weeks, our state has topped over 1,700 new reported positive cases in a single day. Just this week, our community hospitals have reached maximum capacity. Our physicians, health care workers, and resources are drained, and we are experiencing needless declines and deaths.
On behalf of Hattiesburg Clinic, we are asking you:
- To follow the guidelines. Social distancing and masks guidelines, while mandated, are not being followed. Social gatherings have negatively impacted the spread of this virus. Mandates that were previously lifted are now being implemented again, and new mandates are also now being set forth. Simply put: social distance and wear a mask.
- And if you have any ongoing conditions where you normally see or communicate with your provider, do not wait. Patients who have chronic conditions are waiting to go to the doctor, and many of these conditions are continuing to worsen so drastically that going to the emergency room becomes the only option. Hattiesburg Clinic patients can communicate with your providers via Iris, and video visits are also an option. For more information about Iris or telehealth visits, please visit hattiesburgclinic.com/iris. Patients for whom a telehealth visit is not appropriate and need to visit one of our clinics, please note that we continue to take extraordinary steps to ensure that the highest levels of safety are being observed.
Also, please pay attention to potential symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms have been updated to include, but are not limited to: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
This is an unconventional time. The health and safety of our patients, physicians, employees and community is our number one priority. Please help us take care of you.
Thank you for trusting Hattiesburg Clinic with your care.
Tommy G. Thornton, FACMPE
Hattiesburg Clinic, PA