Mar 26, 2020 3:05 PM

Marshall praises Trump, sees testing, peak in cases coming soon

Posted Mar 26, 2020 3:05 PM
Dr. Roger Marshall
Dr. Roger Marshall

By NICK GOSNELL

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Congressman Dr. Roger Marshall praised President Donald Trump's goal to slow the spread of COVID-19, but then quickly get the country back to work.

"We have a President that's really leading us," Marshall said Thursday. "He's led us on the travel ban from China. He led us when he saw the FDA and CDC was failing us, without anybody else even thinking about it, he was already two weeks into working with the private sector. Now, he's already made this goal of at Easter time to have business back open. That's a pretty lofty goal."

Marshall believes it's possible, with some caveats.

"I think that there's going to be, by then there will be antibody testing," Marshall said. "We'll know who has had it and who hasn't had it, things like that and those people can get back to work."

Marshall doesn't think we're at the top of the curve yet, though.

"I think we have three more weeks where it's going to keep getting worse," Marshall said. "Probably three weeks for the country. The number to keep your eye on is the number of new cases per day. When we start seeing the number of new cases per day going down that's going to be the first signal that the worst is behind us."

The three week time frame is contingent upon everyone continuing the social distancing and hygiene practices they have implemented thus far.

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Mar 26, 2020 3:05 PM
Hutchinson Clinic restricts access to facilities

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Hutchinson Clinic announced Wednesday that, in an effort to protect the health of patients and staff, officials ask that all visitors, vendors and pharmaceutical representatives stay out of their facilities until further notice.

Officials say the goal of this action is to prevent the spread of infection while also offering easier access to care for all patients.

If you have any of the following symptoms and need care, please call 620-669-2500 before visiting any Hutchinson Clinic facilities so you can be screened by a nursing professional:

Fever

Shortness of Breath

Dry Cough

Runny Nose

Nasal Congestion

Chest Congestion

Sore Throat

Any of the above symptoms with headache

Once assessed by phone, patients needing to be seen for any of the above symptoms will be provided instructions and asked to visit the Respiratory Rapid Response Clinic located at the 2201 building on the northeast corner of the campus. This location has been temporarily converted to quickly address the increasing needs of the community while allowing safer access to patients for regularly scheduled visits at other locations.

Women’s Care services have been temporarily relocated to the north end of the 2101 building. The clinic appreciates the community’s support as it continues to address the health needs of all patients.