The original item was published from April 27, 2020 8:47 AM to June 26, 2020 4:50 PM
Summit County Public Health strongly recommends that everyone in our community continue to maintain health by accessing care for essential health services, such as reproductive health, chronic conditions, mental health, and vaccinations, among others. During a pandemic, not accessing these services can increase the risk of illness or chronic conditions going undetected or worsening, negatively affecting your health and well-being.
Maintaining your health is important now more than ever. For example, childhood immunizations protect against preventable diseases, like measles. According to the CDC, vaccination rates in Colorado have fallen by as much as 40% since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This lack of well-child appointments threatens the ongoing well-being of our youngest population. It is vital to continue to take care of these essential needs, especially in light of COVID-19.
Healthcare providers in Summit County are committed to ensuring the health and safety of both their patients and their staff. They are still providing essential health care services during these times if you need to be seen. If you have questions about safety measures in place, Public Health requests to reach out to your healthcare provider to discuss options.
If you do not have health insurance, contact FIRC at 970-262-3888 and make an appointment with a Health Navigator for help finding coverage. If you have a healthcare provider, but are worried about the cost of services, you can also discuss payment options with your healthcare provider. Many offices provide discounted rates for payments in cash and other services to assist patients with costs. You can also call the Summit Community Care Clinic at 970-668-4040 if you do not have health insurance; they provide health care services to all, regardless of ability to pay.