COVID-19 Impact on ED Use

June 26, 2020

A new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that in the 10 weeks (March 15-May 23) following the declaration of the COVID-19 national emergency hospital emergency department (ED) visits declined 23% for heart attack, 20% for stroke, and 10% for hyperglycemic crisis, compared to the preceding 10-week period.

CDC advises “persons experiencing chest pain, loss of motor function, altered mental status, or other life-threatening issues should seek immediate emergency care, regardless of the pandemic. Communication from public health and health care professionals should reinforce the importance of timely care for acute health conditions and assure the public that EDs are implementing infection prevention and control guidelines to ensure the safety of patients and health care personnel.”