• Proper use of local emergency departments encouraged during cold and flu season and current covid-19

    The cold and flu season on the Delmarva Peninsula is quickly approaching. TidalHealth encourages people to be vaccinated against the flu, and offers three easy and convenient ways to do that.  Visit their Drive-Thru Flu Clinics October 2 from 8 am to Noon at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown, Delaware, October 8, from 8 am to 6 pm at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury and October 16 at TidalHealth McCready Pavilion in Crisfield from 8 am to Noon.
    In addition, the Delmarva Peninsula is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases affecting already stressed and short-staffed hospital emergency departments and inpatient units. TidalHealth reminds Maryland and Delaware residents that during the flu season and with the current increase of positive COVID-19 cases, people should be judicious in their use of local emergency departments.
    If you’re a normally healthy person experiencing symptoms like fever, muscle or body aches, exhaustion and loss of appetite without chest pain or shortness of breath, it’s best to avoid what are most often—particularly now—extremely busy emergency departments. Family physicians or urgent care centers are great alternatives for quick and effective care with colds and flus, leaving emergency department staffs to address other critical care needs. 
    For more information on what types of conditions or illnesses should be treated in an emergency department please visit: https://www.tidalhealth.org/patient-care-health-info/conditions-health-topics/emergency-trauma.
    TidalHealth also highly encourages local residents to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to reduce the risk and the severity of illness. To learn where you may obtain a COVID-19 vaccination, please contact your local health department.
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