Penn State Health is temporarily consolidating some physician practices and closing others until further notice in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement from the company.
The closure of practices is due in part to a “significant” number of patients that have already canceled regular check-ups and other scheduled appointments at Penn State Health sites, as well as a desire to preserve medical supplies for an expected increase in patients, Penn State Health said.
Many patients will be redirected to other clinic sites and Penn State Health staff are contacting patients affected by the closures, according to the statement.
Physicians and staff at closed or consolidated sites are being assigned to other locations, with some physicians providing remote consultation for patients with respiratory and other systems through Penn State Health’s OnDemand telehealth system.
Penn State Health expects the increase in patients will be people with respiratory symptoms, including symptoms related to coronavirus.
Each Penn State Health location has updated hours and closure information that can be found through the company’s Find a Location feature.
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