Study finds emergency room visits impacted by COVID-19 cases

Study completed by researchers from Mayo Clinic

ROCHESTER, Minn. (WKBT) – A new study finds the number of COVID-19 cases in a community may impact the number of emergency room visits.

The study focuses on hospitals in five states.

Researchers at multiple hospitals including Mayo Clinic in Rochester authored the study.

The study found that emergency room visits dropped 42 to 64 percent from January 1st to April 30th.

Doctors stress that you shouldn’t wait to get medical help if you need it.

“They have physicians who are used to seeing people with lots of different kinds of conditions. They have a lot of different diagnostic tools and things that they can use to figure out what is wrong with you and whether you need care immediately or not,” said Mayo Clinic assistant professor of health sciences research Molly Jeffery.

The study found that while visits to emergency rooms hit a low in early April.