“If you are in need of immediate medical care, go to the ER. However, if you are mildly ill, use alternative resources.”
–Charlie Evans, MD, Lake County’s Acting Public Health Officer
Lake County, CA (August 2, 2021) – Turning Lake County’s critically high COVID-19 Case Rate around is a matter of the highest priority. As reported late last week by the County Health Services Department’s Public Health Division, local emergency rooms have been feeling the strain for about two weeks now. Each one of us must take precautions that limit opportunities for the virus to spread.
The Health Services Department has received reports some people with mild symptoms that can be associated with COVID-19 have continued to utilize local Emergency Rooms for COVID testing. Other have sought vaccination at our hospitals.
“As a small, rural County, we have limited intensive care and emergency medicine resources,” shares Charlie Evans, MD, Lake County’s Acting Public Health Officer. “They must be reserved for those in medical distress; those in need of immediate care. Over-utilization of these resources extends wait times, and delays care for those in the greatest need.”
“At this time, we ask people with mild symptoms to please contact their medical providers and nursing advice lines, rather than going straight to the emergency room,” continues Evans. “If you are in need of immediate medical care, go to the ER. However, if you are mildly ill, use alternative resources.”