Kamloops doctors applaud public’s response to COVID-19

“We have seen incredible buy-in locally,” said Dr. Elizabeth Parfitt, infectious disease specialist at Royal Inland Hospital

Doctors throughout Kamloops and the Thompson region are recognizing the successful efforts of area residents to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“We have seen incredible buy-in locally,” said Dr. Elizabeth Parfitt, infectious disease specialist at Royal Inland Hospital.

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“People paraded us and put up signs on our lawns that brought tears to my eyes, but the public’s efforts are heroic because without their buy-in, we wouldn’t be sitting in such a favourable position to meet the challenges of this pandemic. Thank you and stay on course.”

Parfitt said residents still need to be vigilant and keep following public health guidelines, including physical distancing and washing hands.

Family physician Dr. Chip Bantock, who recovered from contracting COVID-19, said it is equally important for residents to seek treatment for medical issues during the current health crisis.

“Don’t let the coronavirus stop you from contacting your doctor or going to an emergency room for non-COVID-19 concerns,” Bantock said. “Many health issues can be handled on the phone or by video, and emergency rooms and urgent-care centres are safe places during this health crisis.”

The Thompson Region Division of Family Practice: The Division is a group of physicians and nurse practitioners who provide primary care in Kamloops and the Thompson region.

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