Avoid emergency rooms on the day of the eclipse
PADUCAH, Ky —
You have been hearing about it for months, but people are expecting a sort of great migration the days around August 21. That’s when people from all over the country, possibly the world, will come to the Local 6 area for the total solar eclipse.
"People will be pouring in," said Urgent Care Doctor Bill Conyer. "Some the night before and by the next afternoon, they’ll be leaving."
Doctors like Conyer are preparing for the influx of people. "The roads are going to be congested. Medical facilities are going to be congested."
He’s talking specifically about emergency rooms.
Emergency rooms are the first place tourists will go to if they need medical help, because they are easy to find. Conyer and other medical professionals are asking you to look somewhere else to see a doctor.
"Emergency staff, they need to be free to take care of the more serious problems. The motor vehicle accidents, the heart attacks, the strokes," said Conyer.
He said if you have something that is non-life threatening you should go to a walk in or urgent care. Conyer adds they are also less expensive.
Most medical facilities are expected to have longer wait times than usual.