Where to go for care during the solar eclipse
Samaritan Health Services is preparing to meet the health care needs of the communities it serves, along with the massive influx of visitors expected in Oregon later this month for the solar eclipse.
During the long eclipse weekend – Friday, Aug. 18 through Tuesday, Aug. 22 – many Samaritan clinics throughout Lincoln, Benton and Linn counties will be open to provide walk-in care only with extended hours. These include clinics in Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Toledo and Waldport.
For complete information, including clinic locations and hours, visit samhealth.org/Eclipse.
Sarah’s Place, the regional sexual assault nurse examiner center in Albany, will continue to stay open 24 hours a day during this time.
Meanwhile, Samaritan Health Services offers these tips to help prepare:
For your health
* Get doctor/dentist appointments out of the way in advance — before Thursday, Aug. 17, if possible.
* Pick up prescriptions and medical supplies at least a week in advance.
* If your pharmacy makes deliveries, they may not be able to provide this service (likely limited or not available Friday through Monday).
* Take special care to be healthy and safe during this time, as getting medical care could take more time than usual.
* Drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen and keep a first aid kit on-hand.
* Do not look at the sun or the eclipse unless you have eclipse viewing glasses.
* If you need immediate care for an illness or injury, know the appropriate type of health care facility for the kind of care you need. For helpful information, visit samhealth.org/WhereToGo.
*Gas up your car, stock up on groceries and stop at the bank or ATM for cash in advance.
* Anticipate heavy traffic and long lines in stores for goods and services.
* Expect limited cell phone and internet service.
* Know when it is appropriate to call 911. Have the non-emergency phone number on-hand for your local dispatch center.