Story by: Maggie Roetker on December 13, 2022
Norton Immediate Care Centers and health care provider offices are seeing increased demand for services, and not just from people who need COVID-19 or flu tests. Emergency departments also are seeing high numbers of patients.
“It’s important to know when you need care and the best place to get it,” said Steven T. Hester, M.D., MBA, senior vice president and chief clinical and strategy officer, Norton Healthcare. “This will ensure that our care teams can provide the most efficient care and keep your wait time down.”
If you think you may have the flu, you are otherwise healthy and you’re not having difficulty breathing, your symptoms could very well be managed at home with over-the-counter medicines, rest and fluid.
If you know you were exposed to COVID-19 but are not having any symptoms, continue to monitor your health. If you develop symptoms, start with a home test. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer more guidance on when to test after exposure to COVID-19.
“It’s also important to understand that you should never delay getting medical care if you are having a serious issue,” Dr. Hester said. “You can always contact your primary care provider for direction, especially if it is in regard to a pre-existing condition.”
COVID-19 and flu vaccines continue to be the best way to prevent severe illness from these two viruses.
Flu season runs through March, and while it’s best to get your shot early, the vaccine still can provide protection later in the season. Influenza vaccine is available across Louisville and Southern Indiana. If you think you have the flu, consult with your health care provider, especially if you are immunocompromised.
You may schedule a Norton eCare appointment to talk to a provider virtually or by phone. If it is determined that a test is necessary, you will have the option of visiting Norton Healthcare Express Services for a drive-thru test. This option is only available with a physician order. Visit NortonHealthcare.com/Flu for more information.
Norton eCare offers video and phone visits for conditions that are not complex, emergency or life-threatening situations.
If you need same-day care and are unable to get to your primary care provider, get urgent care at a Norton Immediate Care Center or a Norton Prompt Care at clinic for COVID-19 or Flu testing and treatment or other minor health issues including:
Serious issues requiring care in an emergency department are:
If you have a concern that you think is an emergency and your symptoms are life-threatening, call 911 or go to an emergency department right away.
Select an appointment date and time from available spots listed below.