Child mental health visits in Spokane climb 73% due to COVID-19

Admissions into the hospital’s Adolescent Psychiatric Unit has drastically increased compared to last year. The state has created a “behavioral toolbox” for parents.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Governor Jay Inslee released an Emergency Proclamation in March regarding a mental health crisis among Washington children and youth.

The proclamation highlighted a sharp increase in mental health visits among children. The governor then listed hospitals seeing particularly high numbers.

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center is at the top of the list with the steepest increase of acute care admissions across the state.

When compared to 2019, Sacred Heart has seen a 73% increase

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Americans delaying needed healthcare due to COVID-19

Survey finds Americans may delay medical appointments, emergency care during pandemic
Exercise physiologist Nicholas Walker checks Will Fontaine’s blood pressure at his cardiac rehab session at the Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute. A new national survey by the Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute finds many Americans are hesitant to make and keep medical appointments when COVID-19 rates are high. Credit: Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute

A new national survey by the Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute finds many Americans would delay doctor’s appointments and even emergency care when COVID-19 rates are high. The survey found 67 percent of Americans are more concerned about going to medical appointments

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Alberta father-of-two dies after ‘non-essential’ heart surgery postponed due to COVID-19

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Jerry "Ched" Dunham died after plans to receive a pacemaker were postponed due to COVID-19.
Jerry “Ched” Dunham died after plans to receive a pacemaker were postponed due to COVID-19.

Jerry Dunham’s Facebook profile serves as a window into the frustration that plagued the final months of his life. 

In April, the 47-year-old Redcliff, Alta. native was informed that his plans to receive a pacemaker was being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic — as were all other “non-essential” surgeries in the province.

For Dunham, the news was a devastating blow. The appointment with his doctor had been six

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