Many healthcare providers are still open, they're just taking precautions

Posted at 3:43 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 15:43:54-04

INDIANAPOLIS — As we continue to navigate the unknown of the coronavirus pandemic and focus on social distancing strategies, people working in healthcare positions across the country are trying to adjust their care to focus on what is currently needed.

If you were planning to visit your doctor, dentist, chiropractor or any other healthcare provider over the next couple of weeks the best thing to do is to call and make sure they're still seeing patients.

As a general rule, though, many healthcare providers have already sent information to patients with this information and ways to reschedule, if necessary.

The American Dental Association has recommended that dentists postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks, although most dentists will remain open for urgent and emergency procedures.

The list of healthcare providers you should check with include:

  • Family Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Chiropractor
  • Psychologist
  • Optometrist
  • Midwife
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Osteophaty
  • Podiatrist

Planned Parenthood has also released guidelines they are assessing for patients who already have appointments or who need care. They will remain open, but are asking anyone who has or had a fever, cough, shortness of breath or was exposed to someone who may have coronavirus. Or if if they have left the country recently to consider rescheduling their appointments.

If you are in need of help and unsure of your situation, tyou can contact your local Planned Parenthood office to determine a short term plan. Full information including contact numbers can be found HERE.