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Coronavirus keeping some patients away, doctors say

Doctors said it is critical that people with certain conditions don't cancel their routine appointments during this pandemic.

Posted: Apr 16, 2020 7:09 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Leaders at Lane County Public Health are praising the community's efforts to help flatten the curve.

By staying at home during the lockdown, spokesperson Jason Davis said our hospitals are not overwhelmed and we have the resources to help get us through.

However doctors said it is critical that people with certain conditions don't cancel their routine appointments during this pandemic.

Dr. Stacy Chance with Oregon Medical Group said they are currently seeing fewer in-person visits.

He said a lot of patients are speaking with doctors through the phone or video chat and the feedback has been positive.

They are tracking those patients who are not getting services now so that they can get them in the future. But those who have serious health issues can't afford to put off their preventative care.

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"It’s particularly important that those with cancer continue to get any active treatment that they need, so dependent on their cancer and what stage they're in. They may be able to get care over the phone or they may need to come in for further tests or examinations,” Chance said.

He said those people need to check with their doctors to make sure they are getting the proper care not only for their conditions but to protect them from being exposed to the virus.

Dr. Karen Weiner with Oregon Health Authority said patients have canceled or put off their appointments during the pandemic.

"Making sure that their care is up to date, that their issues are being controlled, their blood pressure being controlled, that sort of thing, so it’s not a matter of avoiding a certain amount of medical care during the pandemic. We really need to stay in touch with our patients to position them to stay healthy during the pandemic,” Weiner said.

She said it is okay to put off some procedures like mammograms for a few months.

However, it is important to not forget about them and to reschedule as soon as possible.

She told KEZI 9 News it is usually a case-by-case decision, and if you have any questions you should contact your doctor.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

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