EDMOND, Okla. (KFOR) – A metro fast care middle was pressured to shut just one of its clinics on Wednesday thanks to absence of employees as some examined optimistic for COVID-19.

“We have been type of rolling employees about and inevitably it type of caught up with the quantity of individuals that we have and the variety of people who have been testing favourable currently being out,” claimed Dr. Kevin Penwell, Instant Care of Alright President and Founder. “We could have been open up but would have been seriously short-staffed. It just was not secure. So, we took the workers that could have been there at the Edmond clinic and applied them in other clinics and chose to near that clinic.”

At this time, there are seven Fast Treatment clinics, like destinations in OKC, Moore, and Norman.

The clinics not too long ago scaled back hrs, closing at 6 p.m. This is owing to employees associates testing beneficial for COVID-19, resulting in other staff members to perform extended hours.

“It’s actually hit the health-related suppliers and nurses this spherical considerably more challenging than it did beforehand,” Penwell explained.

Penwell states the last time he was compelled to close a clinic was back in 2009 for the reason that of the H1N1 flu.

He chalks up the present COVID-19 surge to the far more transmissible omicron variant but also the time of calendar year.

“And individuals getting alongside one another and then we typically occasions normally see a surge once more when little ones and university students get again in the classrooms, get around. So, one more opportunity for publicity there,” Penwell stated.

Rapid Care of Oklahoma’s Edmond area closing for a working day is just yet another reminder of how COVID is impacting healthcare providers.

On Wednesday, above 1,000 Oklahomans had been reported in the hospital combating COVID-19.

ICUs and ERs across the metro are stretched slender.

Penwell encourages clients to remain house if they really do not sense effectively.

“It’s just yet another reminder to individuals just how fragile everyday living is. Even with the omicron, if you survived other variations of COVID, it’s however taking life,” Penwell said.

Instant Care options to open up the Edmond place on Thursday. In the meantime, you can pay a visit to a single of their other spots for care.

You can agenda COVID-19 testing on their internet site.