Church Health Services Says Some Programs Impacted By COVID-19

(Beaver Dam) Officials with a Beaver Dam-based non-profit say the coronavirus outbreak has impacted some of the services they offer. Church Health Services assists low income, uninsured and underinsured individuals with general health coverage. Executive Director Thea O’Conner says they are no longer doing any walk-in medical clinics. During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, O’Conner said they are still doing emergency dental services as recommended by the American Dental Association. She says patients will be contacted to reschedule any routine appointments. Those who have appointments for dental pain will be informed that their appointment is still current which will be followed up by several health questions to ensure the individual is not infected with COVID-19. O’Conner says there have been some changes to their mental health services. With schools on hiatus, there are no mental health in the schools but O’Conner says there are therapists available through phone, video conference or in-person sessions. She says proper social distancing guidelines will be followed if someone is not comfortable talking over the phone or by video conferencing means. As recommended by public health officials, anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to call their personal physician ahead of time before arriving.