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Column: Hospitals urge patients to seek routine care despite pandemic worries

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For those who have stayed away from Saint Alphonsus or their doctor’s office out of fear of catching COVID-19, I have a message for you: “It’s safe to come back, so don’t neglect your health.” 

As with other industry leaders across the country, Saint Alphonsus has taken significant steps to make an already safe place even safer. At this time everyone who enters the hospital is screened, masks are required and available for all, visitation is limited to decrease infection risk, and COVID-19 patients have a dedicated space which significantly limits risk of spread. 

Unfortunately, as we have encouraged the use of hand sanitizer, masking, and social distancing, many have heard the message “Stay away from health care so you don’t catch COVID-19.” This misconception . . .