March 24, 2020
At Fort HealthCare, we’ve been working diligently to prepare for Coronavirus for several weeks. This extensive preparedness is in collaboration with numerous community and healthcare partners. These collaborative teams consist of intelligent, caring, resourceful and devoted caregivers and support teams. Our planning focuses on meeting the needs of a large influx in patients requiring advanced, critical care. This global pandemic will take everyone to slow the spread and lessen the surge of patients currently seen in Europe. That is why it is critical that our communities take Governor Evers’ “Safer at Home” orders seriously. This current guidance from national and global experts is focused on slowing the spread and ensuring our health systems have the necessary resources. This method focuses on social distancing, minimize travel, monitoring for symptoms and isolating/quarantine at early onset of symptoms.
We need everyone to limit their interactions to the same people — like family members in your house — not even small groups of friends. Social distancing, truly means maintaining distance from everyone. It’s extremely important to know that the choices you make today, could make the difference in how hard our communities are impacted by this virus. We are all in this pandemic fight together. People need to understand, the plea to social distance and stay at home is not just about Coronavirus, it’s most importantly about our region’s health systems’ ability to provide critical, lifesaving care.
Fort HealthCare is here to meet your health care needs. If you are experiencing a fever, cough or shortness of breath please contact your primary care provider in advance of visiting or you can do a virtual health visit at e+CARE at www.forthealthcare.com/e+care to screen for COVID-19. If you are experiencing a medical emergency please dial 9-1-1. We have a Walk-In Clinic for non COVID-19, non-emergent visits, as well as appointments at all of our other clinics. Please visit www.forthealthcare.com/covid-19-information for up to date information.