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HEALTH care; ERs experience dramatic decline in visits

Apr 15, 2020 - Orange County Register (California)

In the weeks following Gov. Gavin Newsom ’s March 19 stay-at-home order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Dr. Brian Anderson noticed an unusual phenomenon at the eight emergency rooms he manages: a sharp decline in patient visits.

“The volume has dropped as much as 50% in many of our ERs,” Anderson said. “We’ve never seen declines like this. It has caught most by surprise.”

Like many emergency room doctors and nurses across Southern California, Anderson believes the...