AUGUST 14, 2020
HATTIESBURG CLINIC CONCERNED ABOUT MEDICAL DISTANCING AND TRENDS
AN UPDATE FROM HATTIESBURG CLINIC PHYSICIAN, RAMBOD ROUHBAKHSH, MD, AND TOMMY G. THORNTON, FACMPE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
It is another day in the battle of the COVID-19 pandemic, and unfortunately, the news is bad in Mississippi. We are on pace to overtake Florida as the number one “hotspot” for COVID-19 positive cases. Our local area currently ranks 35th in the entire nation – with many of the other hotspots ranked ahead of us in Mississippi. It is time for us all to analyze, to see what has worked and what hasn’t worked, and to take a step in another direction as we will soon be on the path of New York City, if not worse. We are going into a season of cold and flu as well as schools now opening, and people gathering for sports and other social functions. The efficacy of masks stopping the spread of the virus has been proven time and time again. People are gathering in small distances for long periods of time, and this is dangerous for all of us. If you are not currently following these guidelines, the physicians and medical professionals at Hattiesburg Clinic are asking you: Please wear a mask and social distance.
Additionally, a new phenomenon is negatively impacting our health during this pandemic. It is called “medical distancing.” Patients are placing their health needs and appointments on hold with the intention of returning for care “once the pandemic has ended.” We recently surveyed our patients about this, and the response was in line with the national trend. Why are we concerned? We are concerned because cancer can still spread. People with COPD, diabetes and hypertension still have those diseases. These health care conditions do not go away, but patients are not being cared for if they are not getting routine screenings or seeing their doctor about their ongoing conditions. Hattiesburg Clinic has implemented several safety measures:
- Screening employees, patients and visitors prior to entering any Hattiesburg Clinic building;
- Requiring all employees, patients and visitors to wear a mask;
- Enforcing social distancing measures;
- Limiting visitors;
- Implementing strict cleaning protocols.
Please also consider if a telehealth appointment is right for you. Overall, the clinic has received positive feedback regarding telehealth video visits as an option to receive care. We take pride in the trust you have placed in us as your health care provider of choice. Again, help us take care of you.
Thank you for entrusting Hattiesburg Clinic with your care.
Rambod Rouhbakhsh, MD
Tommy G. Thornton, FACMPE
Hattiesburg Clinic, PA