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By Tracy Thompson
the Times 

Emergency rooms seeing fewer patients statewide

COVID-19 concerns a possible reason


Visits to the emergency rooms have declined in Walla Walla county and across Washington since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

“Overall, the number of people coming to the Emergency Department are down significantly. On an average, pre-pandemic day, the Providence St. Mary Medical Center Emergency Department sees between 80 and 100 patients. Currently, it is seeing from 40 to 50,” said Kathleen Obenland, Director of Communications for Providence.

 “A concerning trend we are seeing are people with serious medical emergencies, such as stroke or heart attack, delaying calling 911 or coming...

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