Sky Lakes physician on coronavirus and being active
By LEE JUILLERAT
For the Herald and News
Mar 29, 2020
Efforts at combating the spread of the coronavirus epidemic in the Klamath Basin are moving forward, according to Dr. Grant Niskanen, a physician who also serves as the vice president of medical affairs at Sky Lakes Medical Center.
Niskanen said Sky Lakes is now capable of doing 75 tests a day, a figure he believes is “very reasonable for an area this size.” He also said physicians will shift from in-office visits to tele-medical appointments by cell phone or computers in the next few days.
“The only thing I won’t be able to do is a physical exam,” Niskanen said Friday. He said Sky Lakes had been preparing to provide medical care by phone or computer, noting, “This is the future of medicine,” but said the coronavirus crisis has accelerated plans. People without cell phones or computers will be able to contact medical staff by telephones. Niskanen already has 14 teleconferences scheduled Monday.
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