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Parkland Health Center Addresses Increasing COVID-19 Cases and Patient Care

(FARMINGTON, MO – November 20, 2020) – Parkland Health Center continues to monitor the number of COVID-19 cases in our communities as the situation surrounding the virus escalates across the region.
 
“With positive cases quickly increasing and our COVID-19 hospital admission rates at the highest they have been throughout the course of the pandemic, Parkland is preparing to care for additional patients who will need our services,” said Annette Schnabel, President of Parkland Health Center.
 
Part of these planning measures includes the postponement of some elective procedures and well visits that can safely be postponed, on an individual basis. This change allows for the reassignment of care team members from these areas to assist in other patient care settings as needed. It is important to note that any patient who will be impacted by a postponed appointment will be contacted about any changes to their scheduled visit.
 
“Hospitalization of COVID-19 patients in our region continues to increase, but the changes being implemented are allowing for additional space and staff to continue providing exceptional care with great compassion to local residents,” said Schnabel.
 
The single most effective prevention measure in the absence of a vaccine is wearing a mask to reduce the spread of the virus in community settings. Many people with COVID-19 have no symptoms and can spread the virus without even knowing they are infected. Wearing a mask can prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others. It is important to remember that a face mask is not a substitute for social distancing. Individuals should still stay 6 feet away from others while wearing a mask to help reduce community spread. Frequent hand washing and avoiding large gatherings are also highly recommended to help combat the spread of infection.
 
To learn more about ways you can help keep yourself and others safe, visit https://www.parklandhealthcenter.org.
 
 
Parkland Health Center
Parkland Health Center includes two locations in Missouri — a full-service acute care hospital in Farmington as well as a three-bed critical access hospital in Bonne Terre. Parkland Health Center provides quality primary and secondary level inpatient and outpatient services to the people of St. Francois County and surrounding areas in southeastern Missouri. Services across these two facilities include intensive care, obstetrics, geriatric psychiatry emergency services, oncology, infusion, sleep lab, wound care, and the Huckstep Heart and Lung Center. 
 
Parkland Health Center is part of BJC HealthCare which also includes St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the teaching hospitals for Washington University School of Medicine. For additional information about Parkland Health Center, please call (573) 756-6451 or the physician finder service at (573) 431-3338 or visit www.parklandhealthcenter.org.

 
BJC HealthCare
BJC HealthCare is one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States, delivering services to residents primarily in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois, and mid-Missouri regions. Serving the health care needs of urban, suburban, and rural communities, BJC includes 15 hospitals and multiple health service organizations. Services include inpatient and outpatient care, primary care, community health and wellness, workplace health, home health, community mental health, rehabilitation, long-term care, and hospice. BJC’s nationally recognized academic hospitals, Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals are affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine.

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