PSA – Do Not Delay Urgent Care Needs (04/24/2020)

April 24, 2020

If You Are In Need of Urgent Care, Do Not Delay.

Hospitals Are Ready to Provide Care to You.

Governor Baker reported that nearly 4,000 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized statewide, representing 9% of total number of known cases in Massachusetts. Of the 18,000 available hospital beds statewide, ranging from ICU beds to field hospital beds, 56% are empty and available for patients. State health officials are concerned that those who have serious health concerns are delaying or avoiding seeking medical care at hospitals, as statistics show the volume of urgent care is down significantly.

It is because of the intensive surge capacity efforts of the Commonwealth, and many health care partners, that hospitals throughout the state are able to continue meeting the urgent care needs of residents.

If you are in need of urgent, non-coronavirus care, emergency rooms and hospitals are ready to provide you care.

Six Boston teaching hospitals (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Brigham Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center) collaborated to develop a televised public service announcement urging residents not to delay seeking needed medical care due to COVID-19.

Please watch the public service announcement here: Public Service Announcement

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