COVID-19: Making primary care a priority

Published 2:20 pm Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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Before the COVID-19 outbreak, scheduling a primary care appointment never took a second thought. According to a press release from Wellstar, in the wake of the pandemic, many people may be skipping those important preventative care visits – and end up putting their overall health at risk.

During COVID-19 and beyond, primary care plays a major role in staying healthy, according to Wellstar health experts.

“For many people, preventative care is often the first line of defense to spot potential health risks,” said Dr. Jeffrey Tharp, Wellstar Health System Chief of Primary Care and Medicine in the news release. “It’s important for everyone to get a wellness check-up at least once a year, even if you’re feeling completely healthy. Using diagnostic testing and other health screenings, your primary care physician can help identify conditions such as obesity or high blood pressure early, before they develop into more serious diseases.”

Whether you need to schedule a routine health exam or receive treatment for a chronic condition, Wellstar is working hard to protect patients and team members amid COVID-19. 

“During this time, Wellstar is continuing to follow strict safety precautions to keep you safe and prevent potential infection throughout all of its facilities,” Dr. Tharp explained in the press release.

From small children to busy parents and active seniors, Wellstar said it is offering individualized treatment for each and every person. 

For details about how Wellstar is ensuring the safety of patients and team members, visit or call (770) 956-STAR (7827).