MCKINNEY EDITION 2020 HEALTHCARE EDITION
VOLUME 6, ISSUE 3 JUNE 3JULY 7, 2020
As the COVID-19 curve attens, the Texas Medical Association is oering guidance to help health care practices reopen. Its suggestions include the following. road to reopening
• Keep sick and well patients separated • Ask patients to call from their vehicles when they arrive • Provide face masks or ask patients to wear their own • Limit patient visitors • Oer telehealth options when appropriate • Install temporary
barriers at reception areas (such as plexiglass) • Have tissues and hand sanitizer available • Disinfect and declutter all patient areas
• Call patients to reschedule appointments and send previsit instructions • Lengthen appointment times • Increase communication via emails and newsletters • Consider extending the practice’s hours temporarily • Record a video about safety practices to share online
• Let patients know the oce has reopened • Update practice information on website and social media • Reassure patients that coming into the practice is safe • Automate processes, such as online bill pay and appointment scheduling
SOURCE: TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATIONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
Patients delay their medical care amid pandemic With the ongoing coronavirus pan- demic, people are slow in returning to their doctors. doctors to focus on treating corona- virus patients. The order sidelined many health care providers, including dentists and physicians, until their services were allowed to resume in phases through April and May. BY MIRANDA JAIMES
HEALTH CARE EDI T ION 2020
COVID-19. Patient visits to health care providers have declined by nearly 60% since March due to COVID- 19, according to national research from Harvard University and health care technology company Phree- sia. Behavioral health practices throughout the nation saw a 30% CONTINUED ON 14 Area senior living facilities struggle with coronavirus
On March 22, Gov. Greg Abbott postponed all nonemergency proce- dures and elective surgeries with an executive order; he said it was neces- sary to free up equipment and allow
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Across the board, many people are still avoiding in-person visits to reduce their risk of exposure to
Health Care Snapshot
THETREND TRACKING As of May 25, Collin County health ocials have conrmed at least 33 deaths of county residents with COVID-19. Of those, at least 19 of these deaths have been residents of local senior living facilities. COVID-19-related fatality McKinney resident Grand Brook Memory Care Life Care Center of Plano North Park Health Oxford Grand
BY MIRANDA JAIMES
State data released in late May on COVID-19 cases in assisted living facil- ities contained somber news: At least 19 people in Collin County senior living facilities who tested positive for the virus have died. The county has reported seven COVID-19-related deaths of residents in three dierent facilities as of May 25: GrandBrookMemoryCare inMcKinney, North Park Health and Rehabilitation CONTINUED ON 16
Collin County COVID-19-related fatalities
Of the 33 deaths in Collin County, 17 have been McKinney residents.
Of the 17 McKinney deaths, 16 were residents of a local senior living facility.
All 16 residents who died had other health conditions.
SOURCE: COLLIN COUNTY HEALTH CARE SERVICESCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPERcommunityimpact.com
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