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FROMBRIAN: The Community Impact headquarters in P fl ugerville, Texas, has a light perched on top of the building, much like a lighthouse. It symbolizes our desire to be a light to our industry and our readers. As we forge ahead through this pandemic with our annual Health Care Edition, we hope that receiving your familiar Community Impact Newspaper in the mail is a light to you and your family, helping you stay informed. We also hope it inspires you to be a light for others as we all navigate the months of change ahead. Brian Pardue, GENERALMANAGER

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NOWOPEN 1 River Walk Dental opened May 28 at 4271 Esplanade Place, Ste. 120, Flower Mound. The o ffi ce will provide routine dental appointments, restorative treat- ments and dentistry services for children. 469-444-8464. www.riverwalkdentaltx.com 2 The Sharma Group—Compass Real Estate opened a new o ffi ce in early May at 870 Long Prairie Road, Ste. 250, Flow- er Mound. Compass provides a digital platform for buying and selling residential properties; it combines technology and personalized service to help clients. The company launched in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 2018. Compass real estate agents usually serve multiple markets. 940-594-1862. www.compass.com

We’ve Been Here We’ll Be Here biking, running and climbing. Customers must reserve a time slot online to book a workout. Due to coronavirus, the busi- ness is limiting its occupancy to 25%, per Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest guidelines. In addition, iQ Cardio is providing gloves to all visitors to use while working out, equipment is spaced at least six feet 3 Fearless Nutrition opened May 1 at 330 Parker Square Road, Flower Mound. The shop o ff ers a variety of shakes, teas, co ff ees and pastries. It is open at limited capacity in alignment with Gov. Greg Ab- bott’s latest reopening guidelines and is also o ff ering to-go and curbside orders. 469-630-0021. www.facebook.com/ fearless-nutrition-tx-101561341444004 4 IQ Cardio opened May 20 at 3305 Long Prairie Road, Flower Mound. The gym o ff ers 30-minute, indoor quadrath- lon workouts comprised of rowing,

MINIMAL WAIT TIME! We utilize the latest Retinal Screening Technology NO MORE DILATION! (Exams, Glasses, & Contacts for all ages. Retinal Screening. Most Insurance Companies Accepted. Walk-Ins AreWelcome) CALL NOW! according to the gallery website. In addition, Galactic Gallery will display and sell original art, vintage posters, animation arts and classic illustrations. A phone number is not yet available. https://galacticgallery.com/ apart and surfaces are being disinfected often. 214-436-0929. https://iqcardio.com/ COMING SOON 5 Galactic Gallery is set to open in a recently constructed 5,000-square-foot art gallery this summer at 4140 Bryce Lane, Flower Mound. The gallery will focus on displaying unique pop culture pieces, including paintings by Drew Struzan, an artist known for his movie posters in the “Star Wars,” “Back to the Future,” and “Indiana Jones” fi lm series,

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6 My Cafe Breakfast & Lunch is ex- pected to open in June at 1050 Flower Mound Road, Flower Mound. The cafe will serve breakfast and lunch food. This will be the cafe’s second location. Its fi rst location opened last fall in Fort Worth. A phone number is not yet available for this location. https://mycafetx.com/ 7 Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop is set to open soon at 4610 Long Prairie Road, Ste. 120, Flower Mound. The shop, founded

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by Scott and Meredith Layton, has 23 locations across Texas, Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississip- pi, Kansas, Louisiana, Florida and Georgia. An opening date is not yet available for the location. www.buttermilkskypie.com RELOCATIONS 8 Uniform Store, previously located at 1425 Justin Road, Ste. 400a, Lewisville, relocated and rebranded to Precision Branding at the end of February. The new store is located at 1850 Justin Road, Ste. B, Highland Village. Precision Branding o ff ers embroidery, screen printing, uniform needs, website services to help customers sell branded apparel and more. 972-317-1311. https://precisionbrandingonline.com/ NEWOWNERSHIP 9 Realms of Arcadia , located at 1842 Justin Road, Highland Village, came under new ownership in February. The arcade features more than 85 retro video games and pinball machines. 469-877-3990. www.realmsofarcadia.com CLOSINGS 10 One Stop Nutrition of Flower Mound closed in April. The shop, which was lo- cated at 3501 Long Prairie Road, Ste. 106, Flower Mound, sold health food products FEATURED IMPACT EXPANSION Caliber Bodyworks of Texas is planning an $11 million expansion of its corporate headquarters in Lewisville in the next two years after Lewisville City Council approved an economic development agreement with the business at a May 18 meeting. Caliber Bodyworks of Texas has been headquartered in an 8,000-square-foot facility on Corporate Drive since 2011. Following approval of the agreement, the business is now set to relocate its headquarters to an 80,000-square-foot o ffi ce space at 2941 Lake Vista Drive. According to city o ffi cials, the corporation’s decision to keep its headquarters in Lewisville results in the retention of 125 jobs in Lewisville

and the addition of 150 jobs during the expansion period. Its annual payroll will amount to $23 million. In return for the company choosing to remain in Lewisville and expanding its headquarters, the city will give Caliber Bodyworks of Texas an annual grant equal to 50% of the city’s ad valorem property taxes collected for fi ve years, according to the agreement. Over the fi ve-year term, that would total an estimated $130,770, according to a city memo. As part of the agreement, Caliber Bodyworks of Texas will also contribute funding each grant year to the city’s Community Support Grant Initiative, which funds community events, charitable contributions and more.

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and nutritional supplements. The phone number for this location no longer works. The One Stop Nutrition in Highland Village remains open. That shop is located at 3196 Justin Road, Ste. 203, Highland Village. www.onestopnutrition.com 11 Smokey Jalapeño Barbecue closed March 28, according to a Facebook post by the establishment. Located at 500 E. Round Grove Road, Ste. 115, Lewisville, the restau- rant served Texas barbecue and Tex-Mex- style food. The phone number for Smokey Jalapeño Barbecue no longer works. www.facebook.com/smokeyjalapeno 12 Easy Street Family Cafe closed March 15. Located at 190 W. Main St., Lewisville, the restaurant was in business for 27 years. A phone number and website are not available for the business.

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Morriss Road project The Morriss Road improvement project, which was previously projected to be fi nished in May, is now expected to be completed in June. The project includes concrete panel replacements from FM 3040 to Firewheel Drive, Americans with Disabilities Act improvements from FM 3040 to Firewheel Drive and 20-inch and 24-inch water line replace- ments from Forest Vista Drive to Gar- den Road. All concrete panel replace- ments were done in May, and the last of the sidewalk work will be completed in June, according to the town. Timeline: May 2019-June 2020 Cost: $5.45 million Funding source: town of Flower Mound

FM 1171 at River Walk Drive intersection improvements

US 377 reconstruction The Texas Department of Transpor- tation has entered the beginning phases of a new project, which will consist of the reconstruction and widening of US 377 from a two-lane rural highway to a four-lane divided urban roadway. Also included in the project will be the construction of 6.13 miles of sidewalk along US 377. Right of way acquisition for the project is set to be completed by September, and utility relocation will be done by January 2022. Timeline: January 2022-TBD Cost: $89 million Funding source: Texas Department of Transportation

Windsor Drive roundabout connection Town o ffi cials worked with the proj- ect’s contractor to start the Windsor Drive roundabout connection in May rather than June so that construc- tion crews could take advantage of the lack of school tra ffi c, which was caused by cancellations due to the coronavirus. The project consists of the extension of Windsor Drive to West Windsor Drive and connection to the existing roundabout located just south of Pinon Street. Timeline: May-October Cost: $325,000 Funding source: town of Flower Mound

Intersection improvements to FM 1171 at River Walk Drive in Flower Mound have been substantially completed, according to city o ffi cials. The project included the installations of a west- bound right-turn lane, a northbound left-turn lane and a southbound left- turn lane at FM 1171 and River Walk Drive. According to the town, crews are still fi nishing up fi nal sidewalk work at the northeast corner of the intersec- tion. All of the lanes at the intersection have been reopened. Timeline: October 2019-May 2020 Cost: $950,000 Funding source: town of Flower Mound

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HIGHLIGHTS LEWISVILLE ISD Kronda Thimesch announced her resignation from the Lewisville ISD board of trustees May 12. Thimesch, who has served on the board for fi ve years, stated in her announcement that she is resigning so she can focus on her campaign for Texas House District 65 in November. Her term on the board was set to expire in 2021. DENTONCOUNTY The Commissioners Court launched a small business grant programMay 13- 20 to provide up to $10,000 in grants to the Denton County businesses that were closed the longest due to the coronavirus. The program, Denton County OPEN, was funded by $2.2 million of non-taxpayer dollars that Denton County accumulated and set aside from CoServ Capital Credit funds over a 20-year period, o ffi cials said. DENTONCOUNTY The federal government granted the Denton County Transportation Authority $23.4 million in federal aid through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in May. The federal funds can apply to any expenditures made before or on Jan. 20, 2020, according to the agency. DCTA stated in an announcement that the aid will be used to help fi ll anticipated gaps in its budget created by decreased sales tax revenue due to the coronavirus. MEETINGSWE COVER Lewisville City Council Meets at 7 p.m. the fi rst and third Monday of each month www.cityo fl ewisville.com Lewisville ISD board of trustees Meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month www.lisd.net Flower Mound Town Council Meets at 6 p.m. the fi rst and third Monday of each month www. fl ower-mound.com Highland Village City Council Meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month www.highlandvillage.org

Proposal loosens rule on carrying fi rearms at lakes U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks public feedback through June

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lakes, waterways and dams, includ- ing Grapevine and Lewisville lakes. The rule change would align the USACE’s fi rearms policies with state and local laws as well as those of other federal land management agencies, according to the agency. Under current regulations, individ- uals may only possess or transport fi rearms within USACE-managed land if the purpose is hunting or use at an authorized shooting range or if a district commander has provided express, written permission.

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LEWISVILLE The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering a change in its fi rearms regulations that would ease restrictions on individuals car- rying or transporting fi rearms within USACE-managed land. Under the proposal, people would no longer be required to obtain written permission to carry a fi rearm while on Corps property. The USACE is seeking public comment on the possible policy change through June 12. The corps primarily manages

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Commenters should also include the policy’s docket number, COE-2018- 0008, in their submissions.

Lewisville ISDo ffi cials say discussions still to come about 2020 - 21 calendar

BY ANNA HEROD

LEWISVILLE ISD O ffi cials said there have not yet been discussions about whether to adjust the 2020- 21 academic calendar based on guidelines from the Texas Education Agency. The TEA recommended a modi fi ed calendar for the upcoming school year May 7. The guidelines are meant to provide a safety net for COVID-19 disruptions. “Any signi fi cant change to our school calendar requires consid- erable study with ample student, family, sta ff and community input,” Lewisville ISD Superintendent Kevin Rogers said in a May 15 statement.

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was done by 24 city sta ff ers and 10 contractors. Kids Kastle, Highland Village’s 25-year-old, community-designed and -built playground in Unity Park, was originally scheduled to be reconstructed by community vol- unteers in March and April, but that was delayed due to the coronavirus. A date has not yet been set for the community build portion of the project.

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BUSINESS FEATURE My EyeLab

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Use of telemedicine technology allows for socially distanced eye exams in Lewisville

A s local establishments start to reopen their doors under guidance from o ffi cials, many business owners are working to fi nd new ways to provide their services while minimizing the risk of spreading the coronavirus. John Raner, the store manager of My EyeLab in Lewisville and the company’s Dallas representative, said he has found that My EyeLab’s incorporation of telemedicine into its services has equipped the business to continue serving patients safely amid the pandemic. “[With] your conventional eye exam, the doctor is usually within 6-7 inches of your face, and they’re that close to every single patient who comes through, which increases

typically stands close to the patients and fl ips through di ff erent letters on a machine to gauge their eyesight, Raner said. Raner said My EyeLab has been doing this for years, but it has become particularly valuable in the age of the coronavirus when social distancing is critical to safety. “Some professions, like truck drivers, require regular eye testing in order for the drivers to continue working,” Raner said. “So there’s things like that, which can’t be put o ff easily. Generally, patients have just been excited and relieved to be able to follow through with their appointments without being worried about COVID-19 exposure.” Raner said that putting o ff

Patients are able to get eye exams while maintaining social distancing through the use of My EyeLab’s telemedicine system. (Photos courtesy My EyeLab)

1 Patients have their temperature taken before they enter the My EyeLab o ffi ce. 2 Pre-exam information is fi lled out in the lobby. 3 Patients enter an exam room where the exam is performed through a telemedicine system by a remote optometrist. EYE EXAMS D U R I N G A P A N D E M I C

your risk of expo- sure to COVID-19 substantially,” Raner said. “So, using our tele- medicine system, we eliminate that risk entirely.” At My EyeLab,

preventive health care, such as eye exams, may not be a big deal if it is just for a couple of weeks. However, when weeks become months, it can become risky. “With a large portion of our population, as far as their eye care

“GENERALLY, PATIENTS HAVE JUST BEEN EXCITED ANDRELIEVED TOBE ABLE TO FOLLOWTHROUGHWITH THEIRAPPOINTMENTS WITHOUT BEINGWORRIED ABOUTCOVID - 19EXPOSURE.” JOHN RANER, STORE MANAGER, MY EYELAB DALLAS REPRESENTATIVE

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patients come to the o ffi ce as they normally would for an eye appointment. But unlike traditional optometrist o ffi ces, My EyeLab conducts the refraction portion of its appointments through a telemedi- cine system. This is the portion of standard eye appointments where an optometrist

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DINING FEATURE

BY ANNA HEROD

“DOINGGOODAND GIVING BACK — THAT WAS THE EASY DECISION FORUS. BECAUSE FORUS — WE SAY, 'FOOD IS LOVE,' ANDWE DO FOODREALLYWELL." RICH PINNELLA, LUNA GRILL’S CHIEF BRAND OFFICER

Luna Grill, a Mediterranean restaurant fi rst founded in California in 2004, opened its doors in Flower Mound in 2014.

Luna Grill has also donated meals to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Baylor Scott &White Medical Center—Grapevine, Baylor Scott &White Medical Center—Trophy Club and Methodist Richardson Medical Center. (Photos courtesy Luna Grill) Luna Grill Restaurant donates meals to front-line healthcare workers S ince the coronavirus out- break emerged locally, Luna Grill of Flower Mound has donated 250 meals to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Since the coronavirus outbreak emerged locally, Luna Grill of Flower Mound has donated 250meals to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Methodist Richardson Medical Center. “Doing good and giving back— that was the easy decision for us,” Pinnella said. “Because for us—we say, ‘Food is love,’ and we do food really well. And there are so many people impacted by coronavirus and the current situation that we wanted to do something to help. In the times of uncertainty, people need to feel like they’re doing some- thing positive, something bigger than themselves. And we decided to focus on front-line workers.” Luna Grill, a Mediterranean restaurant fi rst founded in Cali- fornia in 2004, opened its doors in Flower Mound in 2014.

Pinnella said Luna Grill is committed to feeding more than 20,000 workers across 37 hospitals, including several in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, in the coming weeks. “We want to recognize and support our front-line workers,” Pinnella said. “Personally, I’ve seen it fi rsthand. I’ve seen what they do at personal risk. My sister was unfortunately impacted a few years ago with the H1N1 in fl uenza. I know what it’s like to see relatives on ventilators. It’s a very scary place not only for the families but for the health care workers who are putting themselves at risk. They’re the real heroes out there right now, and they really deserve our love."

Luna Grill 2500 Cross Timbers Road, Ste. 100, Flower Mound Hours: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. daily 972-691-5862 www.lunagrill.com

As of May 15, the restaurant has given about 2,000 meals to front- line health care workers at Dal- las-Fort Worth hospitals, according to Rich Pinnella, Luna Grill’s chief brand o ffi cer. In addition to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Flower Mound, Luna Grill has also donated meals to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center— Grapevine, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center—Trophy Club and

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Data and information on health care trends in Denton County

HEALTH CARE SNAPSHOT

COMPILED BY ANNA HEROD

HOWHEALTHY IS YOUR COUNTY?

D E N T O N C O U N T Y PHYSICIANS ANDNURSES

These rankings are updated annually but include data from previous years. There are other factors included that are not listed below.

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Here is a look at how many physicians and registered nurses were in Denton County over the last few years in comparison with other Texas counties.

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469 2017 55.4 2017

506 2019 58.1 2019

488 2018 55.6 2018

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2020 STATEWIDE HEALTH CARE RANKINGS (out of 244 counties)*

HEALTH FACTORS:

Per 100,000 residents

• HEALTHBEHAVIORS , such as smoking, obesity, physical activity, excessive drinking, alcohol-impaired driving deaths, sexually transmitted infections and teen births • CLINICALCARE , including health insurance coverage; number of physicians, dentists and mental health providers; preventable hospital stays and fl u vaccinations • SOCIOECONOMICFACTORS , such as educational attainment levels, children in poverty, income inequality and violent crimes • PHYSICALENVIRONMENTFACTORS , such as air pollution, drinking water violations, housing problems and long commutes

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74 2018

76 2019

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4,733 2017

4,964 2018 565.8 2018

5,026 2019 577.1 2019

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Per 100,000 residents

559 2017

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Physical environment

*Rankings were not available for 10 of Texas’ 254 counties.

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66 2018

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State rank

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Health care trends in Denton County

CORONAVIRUS CASE ANALYSIS

CASE BREAKDOWN

CASES BY AGE

Here is a breakdown of coronavirus statistics provided by Denton County Public Health.

KEY:

Total cases: 1,255

46.93%

Active cases

NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES PER WEEK

2.39%

Deaths

50.68%

Recoveries

March 15-21 24

March 22-28 124 March 29- April 4 140 April 5-11 186

Cases per 100,000 residents 141.45

Deaths per 100,000 residents 3.38

Total deaths

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April 12-18 118

LEWISVILLE, FLOWER MOUND AND HIGHLAND VILLAGE CASES PER ZIP CODE

April 19-25 110 April 26- May 2 97 May 3-9 115

Coronavirus cases per ZIP code in area cities

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May 17-23 154

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SOURCES: ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN POPULATION HEALTH INSTITUTE, HTTPS: // COUNTYHEALTHRANKINGS.ORG, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES, DENTON COUNTY / COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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HOSPITALS AND CLINICS

Health Care Edition 2020

Information on local facilities in Denton County

287 total hospital beds at Medical City Lewisville and Texas Health Presbyterian

5 Concentra Urgent Care 2403 S. Stemmons Freeway, Ste. 103, Lewisville 972 - 829 - 2999 www.concentra.com/patients/urgent-care 6 Lakepointe Urgent Care 713 Hebron Parkway, Ste. 220, Lewisville 972 - 315 - 8588 https://johnlauniusmd.com/ 7 Medical City Children’s Urgent Care 2701 Cross Timbers Road, Ste. 232, Flower Mound 469 - 549 - 0300 https://medicalcityurgentcare.com 8 PrimaCare Urgent Care: Lewisville 540 Surf St., Lewisville 972 - 420 - 9900 www.pmc.nextcare.com 9 Preferred Pediatrics Urgent Care for Kids 2540 Justin Road, Ste. 187, Highland Village 972 - 318 - 0030 https://pp-urgentcare4kids.com 10 Texas Health Adult Care and Urgent Care 751 Hebron Parkway, Ste. 100, Lewisville 972 - 459 - 2386 www.texashealth.org 11 Today Clinic Urgent Care 1318 W. Main St., Lewisville 214 - 222 - 0781 www.todayclinic.com

COMPILED BY ANNA HEROD Hospitals 1 Medical City Lewisville 500 W. Main St., Lewisville 972 - 420 - 1000 www.medicalcitylewisville.com • Trauma level: III • NICU level: III • Total number of employees: more than 360 physicians and more than 800 health care associates • Number of beds: 186 2 Texas Health Presbyterian 4400 Long Prairie Road, Flower Mound 469 - 322 - 7000 • Total number of employees: more than 400 physicians with a range of specialties • Number of beds: 101 Urgent Care Centers 3 CareNow Urgent Care—Lewisville 1559 W. Main St., Lewisville 972 - 436 - 0333 www.carenow.com 4 SignatureCare ER 1596 WMain St., Lewisville 972 - 829 - 4862 www.ercare24.com/lewisville www.texashealth fl owermound.com • Trauma level: undesignated • NICU level: II

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Taking Precautions Flower Mound Dental temporarily closed in March due to the coronavirus outbreak. The o ffi ce is planning to reopen in early June. Here is what it has done to prepare for the reopening.

long-term consequences if they con- tinue to put o ff their preventive care. “Other disease processes don’t stop because we’re locked down due to COVID,” he said. “It’s really import- ant to go ahead and do all of your rou- tine care as much as you can. We don’t want patients to neglect their overall health out of fear. We are taking many precautions to make sure we can still care for them safely.” Dr. Melissa Kinney, the primary breast surgeon at Medical City Lewis- ville, said she has also seen a decline in patients coming in for routine pre- ventive health care appointments, such as cancer screenings. “We have seen less people coming in with the typical lumps-and-bumps

concerns, and people are not going in for their routine mammograms,” Kin- ney said. “It’s important that people continue [cancer] screenings because if we can catch things at an earlier stage, there’s better odds for survival.” Kinney said some screenings were put on hold in March and April, but they have since resumed. She also said sta ff ers have been calling patients to remind them to reschedule their screenings. Kinney said she has already seen three patients recently who said that they noticed signs that they should come in for a breast exam but did not come in because of the coronavirus outbreak. Now, some are undergoing chemotherapy, she said.

Purchased medical masks and personal protective equipment for all sta ff

Installed washer and dryer to clean protective clothing daily

Implemented digital paperwork and no-touch pay systems to minimize contact

Installed multiple advanced air fi lters throughout the o ffi ce to reduce volume of respiratory droplets in the air

SOURCE: FLOWER MOUND DENTAL / COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

into somebody who’s ill. But of course, we’ve taken a massive amount of pre- cautions tomitigate any risk of that.” Research shows that this aversion is part of a broader trend. Patient visits to healthcareproviders declinedbynearly 60% due to COVID-19, per a national study by Harvard University and health care technology company Phreesia. Risks of delaying care Linden said patients could face

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Dr. Bruce Linden said preventive health care appointments at Highland Village Family Medicine have declined by about 29% fromMarch-April 2019 to the same period this year. “When I talk to people, they tell me that everybody’s terri fi ed to come into the o ffi ce,” Linden said. “They’re afraid that they’re going to catch COVID just by coming to the o ffi ce by running

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Preventive health care decline Highland Village Family Medicine saw a 29% year-over-year decrease in the number of preventive health appointments scheduled by patients in March and April as compared to 2019. “That’s a big concern in our com- munity—that cancers are going to be caught when people can feel them as opposed to when they can be seen on the mammogram,” Kinney said. “When it’s caught because some- one can feel it, then the cancer is at a higher stage, and it’s more likely that they’re going to need not only surgery

but also chemotherapy and other treatments, like radiation.” Dr. Sireesha Vasireddy, an inter- ventional and advanced heart failure transplant cardiologist at Medical City hospitals in Lewisville, Dallas and Las Colinas, said she has seen reduced pa- tient calls and visits as people become increasingly fearful to leave their homes due to the coronavirus. Vasireddy said though many have been following state and local guid- ance to stay home as much as possible to help stop the spread of the virus, patients still need to seek medical at- tention when they experience cardiac symptoms. “This is just an unusual trend,” Va- sireddy said, “but not just here; [it’s happening] across the country and even in Europe.” Vasireddy said she has seen a dra- matic decrease in chest pain and heart failure admissions. Though it is not fully known why this trend has emerged, she said some contrib- uting factors could be a reduction in daily stress as people stay home more, less exposure to pollution and less physical activity as people work from home. She said some have spec- ulated that it could also be in fl uenced by people smoking less as they try to avoid compromising their lungs in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Despite the lower rate of car- diac hospital admissions recently, Vasireddy said she believes some patients might face lasting conse- quences due to putting o ff cardiac care. “Just the mechanical complications of a heart attack, heart failure, or even arrhythmias and so forth—there’s so many of those complications that you can deal with later on if you delay care,” Vasireddy said.

“OTHERDISEASE PROCESSES DON’T STOP BECAUSEWE’RE LOCKEDDOWNDUE TO COVID. IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TOGO AHEADANDDOALL OF YOURROUTINE CARE ASMUCHAS YOU CAN.” DR. BRUCE LINDEN, HIGHLAND VILLAGE FAMILY MEDICINE

Adapting for safety From dentist and family medicine o ffi ces to hospital settings, local health care providers said they have gone to great lengths to adjust howtheyoperate so they can continue to care for patients without putting them at greater risk of contracting the coronavirus by coming in for an appointment. Dr. William Wyatt of Flower Mound Dental said he has invested about $20,000 into additional safety mea- sures in his of f ice to protect his pa- tients and sta ff ers from being exposed to COVID-19. Since Flower Mound Dental closed temporarily in March, Wyatt has been preparing the o ffi ce and adjusting oper- ating procedures with the intention of reopening sometime in early June. “We’re taking so many precautions from the beginning to the end of each patient’s appointment toget themtaken care of while minimizing any contact,” Wyatt said. Wyatt said going forward, the o ffi ce will handle nearly all paperwork digi- tally. In addition, patients will wait in their cars instead of the lobby before their appointments, and their tempera- ture will be checked before they enter the building. O ffi ce sta ff will wear medical masks and multiple layers of personal protec- tive equipment at all times. Wyatt said he recently paid to have a washer and dryer installed in the practice so that all

of theprotective clothing canbe cleaned daily without it leaving the facility. In addition, Wyatt has had multiple air f ilter systems installed in patient rooms and throughout the o ffi ce. “The nature of dentistry is when you’re working on a patient, aerosol water droplets are dispersed,” Wyatt said. “They go up in the air, and they fl oat around, and they eventually fall down onto a surface. So that’s why we got the air fi ltration units—to try tomin- imize those.” Highland Village Family Medicine is taking similar precautions, Linden said. All patients get their temperature checked before they come in the o ffi ce. They also get their blood oxygen level measured with a pulse oximeter. “The pulse oximeter gives us a rough guide post as to somebody’s lung func- tion,” Linden said. “Particularly in peo- ple with COVID, we’ll see their pulse oximetry dropped.” Linden said he took an oath to “do no harm” as a doctor, which he saidmeans that hewill do everything he can to cre- ate a safe environment so he can con- tinue to provide health care to patients. “We just want to encourage people to come back in so we can make sure that one of these other disease processes doesn’t kill them, let alone COVID.”

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SOURCE: HIGHLAND VILLAGE FAMILY MEDICINE, U.S. CENSUS BUREAU / COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER of respondents to a U.S. Census Bureau survey reported that they delayed medical care from April 23-May 12. About 37% Delayed medical care has shown to be common on a broader scale, too.

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