Where to go for care? Answers from Jones Memorial Hospital

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NON-EMERGENCIES SHOULD START WITH YOUR PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER

WELLSVILLE, NY (January 4, 2022) –  A sore throat, runny nose, and headache COULD mean you have COVID, but it can also mean you have a cold. Your primary care provider can help you and should be your first call.

“People with the milder symptoms of COVID, such as fever and chills, cough, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, congestion, runny nose, diarrhea should call their primary care provider for guidance,” said Kelly Foster, Director of Emergency Services at Jones Memorial Hospital. “Your provider can tell you if the symptoms can be taken care of at home or require a visit to the office.”

On the other hand, some symptoms are signs that you should seek emergency medical care immediately. “If someone is experiencing trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, trouble waking up or staying aware, emergency medical attention is needed immediately,” Mrs. Foster added. “Don’t hesitate, don’t wait. These symptoms require a trip to the Emergency Department.”

Remember, the first call if you have minor symptoms should be to your primary care provider. “This includes COVID testing and other minor health issues,” she added. “The emergency room should be used only for emergencies.” The walk-in clinic at Jones Memorial is another option for non-emergencies when you can’t reach your primary care physician. Located near the JMH rehab department, the walk-in clinic is open every day from 2 pm to 7 pm.

Do you want to support your community hospital and the family, friends, and neighbors who work there? Get you vaccine. Jones Memorial Hospital is offering a free vaccine and booster clinic from noon to 5 pm on January 13, 20, and 27. All three vaccines available. Please call (585) 596-4119 to make an appointment.

The Allegany County Department of Health is offering free rapid testing during the month of January. Use this link for more information or to register, https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?DateID=D2CDB3D0D02A02B6E0530A6C7C159637

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