The uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 virus is real and apparent to
us all. This pandemic has created an unprecedented time within our communities
and in our healthcare system. It has led to extreme but critical measures,
such as social distancing and the Safer-At-Home Order, in the hopes of
keeping as many people safe and healthy as possible. In fact, Los Angeles
County just extended the Safer at Home Order until at least May 15.
At this time, when home isolation is often encouraged, we want to remind
you this is not the same as
medical isolation. If you or a loved one is having symptoms that could possibly be an indicator
of a medical emergency, such as chest pain, difficulty breathing, and
weakness, visit your nearest Emergency Department. Please remember that
your Emergency Departments are prepared and available to evaluate patients
safely 24/7. Lately, we have begun to see patients that have waited too
long to come to the Emergency Department for their life-threatening conditions
due to an understandable fear of being exposed to COVID-19 or the coronavirus.
We would like to stress to you that prolonged medical isolation for concerning
symptoms may have detrimental effects on your health and we encourage
you to seek immediate medical care in these situations.
If you are having mild respiratory symptoms or flu-like illness, it is
best to stay home and manage your symptoms in consultation with your primary
care provider. This helps protect you, your family, and the patients in
the Emergency Department. However, should these symptoms worsen, or you
have an injury, our Emergency Department is here for you.
COVID-19 testing is available through the Centinela Hospital Emergency
Department and other areas within LA County -- https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/.
Common symptoms can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, pain or
pressure in the chest, lack of smell, and lack of taste.
During this really trying time, your health is the most important thing
to us. Stay safe and healthy.
Mohammad A Nasser, RN, MSN, MBA, Chief Operating Officer & Interim CEO
Jay Melton, MD, Medical Director, Emergency Department