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Study Finds Nearly 41% of Adults Delayed Care Due to COVID-19; PA Hospitals Remind Pennsylvanians Not to Delay Care

September 14, 2020

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found an estimated 40.9 percent of U.S. adults have avoided medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic, including 12 percent who avoided urgent or emergency care and 31.5 percent who avoided routine care.

Avoidance of urgent or emergency care was more prevalent among unpaid caregivers for adults, persons with underlying medical conditions, Black adults, Hispanic adults, young adults, and persons with disabilities.

The study noted that delaying or avoiding medical care might increase morbidity and mortality risk associated with treatable and preventable health conditions. Pennsylvania hospitals have put in place additional safety measures to protect patients and health care workers from COVID-19 and encourages Pennsylvanians to not delay receiving care.

To amplify this important public message, HAP launched a public information campaign to encourage Pennsylvanians not to delay necessary medical care and to contact their provider to get their health care back on track. HAP also has created a special webpage and resources to help patients and their families navigate care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For additional information, contact Robert Shipp III, PhD, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, vice president, population health and clinical affairs.