Winn Family Medicine taking precautions for patients with chronic illnesses

WINN PARISH, La. (KNOE) - Healthcare workers are striving to take care of patients, especially with the rise of coronavirus in the state and nation.

Doctors and nurses at Winn Family medicine are taking extra steps to protect their patients with chronic illnesses amid concerns of COVID-19 in the state. Source: (KNOE)

Family medicine practices are treating people daily with chronic health conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

Aside from hospitals, these are locations with people most at risk for coronavirus.

Doctors and nurses at Winn Family Medicine are taking extra steps to protect their patients with chronic illnesses amid those concerns.

“We want to try to prevent our grandmothers and our grandfathers and older population, our people who have to deal with diabetes and heart disease," said Dr. Eric Dupree. "We want to stay away from those people because it is a matter of life and death.”

Nurses are taking temperatures at the door and communicating with patients over the phone and explaining the difference between coronavirus or seasonal cold and allergy symptoms.

In addition, they are reminding the general population to do their part and help stop the spread.

“We should all be staying away from others whenever we’re sick, we should all be washing our hands on a regular basis," said Chronic Care Management Nurse Shana Dupree.

Winn Family Medicine is offering drive-through testing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.