IU Health Arnett Hospital treating less patients in its ER

IU Health Arnett Hospital is seeing a decrease in its amount of patients.

Posted: Apr 7, 2020 11:36 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- IU Health Arnett Hospital is seeing a decrease in its amount of patients.

It has seen more COVID-19 visitors but a doctor and a nurse told News 18 people with major health problems are not showing up.

"Even though there is COVID-19 there is emergencies still going on," said Dr. Michael Kupon.

Dr. Kupon works at IU Health Arnett Hospital. 

IU Health Arnett Hospital nurses and doctors are letting the public know if you need help come and get it.

"We are still open and we still have to see people," said Dr. Kupon.

People with broken bones, severe pain, infections, any emergency go to the emergency room.

"If they need to be seen by all means they need to come in to be seen," said Nurse Sherry MciIlvain. "They should not be afraid because we are taking a lot of precautions to make everyone is safe."

Charge Nurse Sherrie Mcilvain has worked in IU Health's emergency room department for 11 years.

"Yeah we are definitely seeing less people," said Mcilvain.

Mcilvain said a big contributor to this is most likely Indiana's stay-at-home order.

"I don't know if they are afraid to come in," said Mcilvain. "A lot of them are staying home because that is what they are recommending."

Indiana government recommends following essential activities.

That does include necessities of life and health.

"Most days we have been seeing [people] into the 120's and 130's in a 24 hour period and now we have been seeing 80, 90," said Mcilvain.

Dr. Kupon said he understands people getting help virtually but if you have any COVID symptoms come to the hospital.

"Hopefully this will be over soon," said Dr. Kupon. "I would not get too afraid. If you start having symptoms difficulty of breathing, shortness of breath, fever, cough, you need to be checked out.

During the peak of flu season the hospital expects to see up to 150 patients.

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