Should you go to the doctor, walk-in clinic, urgent care or ER? Can you get the care you need from a virtual visit or video visit? When you’re sick or injured, knowing where to go can be a challenge, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We can help you make sense of your options so you can get the care you need as quickly and safely as possible. Here is your at-a-glance guide to navigating healthcare during the pandemic. We’ll keep this page updated with the most current information on your care options.
Sometimes, your symptoms require immediate attention and/or hospitalization. Our emergency rooms are open and taking extra precautions to keep you safe when you need emergency care. If you think you or a loved one may have had a heart attack or stroke, or suffered a life-threatening injury, do not delay. Call 911 immediately.
Other potentially life-threatening symptoms can include:
- Chest pain
- Sudden loss of balance, vision change, facial droop, arm or leg weakness
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe abdominal pain, coughing or vomiting blood
- Deep cuts or wounds
- Severe burns
- Severe head injuries
- Poisoning, overdoses and suicidal behavior
If you begin showing symptoms of COVID-19, access the free screening questionnaire via MyBSWHealth. After a 5-minute online assessment, you may be prompted to complete an eVisit and take additional steps as instructed.
Your primary care physician should always be your first choice for care when it’s not an emergency. He or she will know your health history and can treat minor illnesses such as allergies, back pain, bladder infections, colds, earaches, sore throat, sprains and more.
If you already have an appointment scheduled, know that your doctor’s office is working to protect your well-being. Your doctor will notify you directly of any changes or new instructions.
For non-urgent care needs, you may schedule an in-person appointment or opt for a video visit instead. Through a video visit, you can chat with a provider — including your established physicians or a new physician — face-to-face using your mobile device or computer.
If you need urgent care that isn’t life-threatening, begin with an eVisit through MyBSWHealth. An eVisit allows you to message a provider, fill out a brief questionnaire and receive a diagnosis back, usually within one hour.
A convenient option during off-hours, urgent care clinics and walk-in clinics can come in handy when you feel that your symptoms cannot wait but don’t require care in an emergency room. Urgent care centers are typically equipped with the ability to conduct X-rays and handle stitches, which some doctor’s offices and walk-in clinics are unable to do.
Regardless of where you seek care, rest assured that enhanced safety measures are in place at all facilities to protect your well-being. These protocols include regular screening of all patients for COVID-19 symptoms, the use of face masks and other personal protective equipment, social distancing, enhanced cleaning measures, touch-free registration and virtual waiting rooms.
Learn more about how our COVID-19 Safe Care plan is working to keep you safe.