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Preparing for Hurricane Season in 2021

Preparing for Hurricane Season in 2021

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this year, we will potentially have a:

“‘Average’ Atlantic hurricane season to reflect more storms”

In a nutshell, this means that NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) has had to hike up the averages based upon the last thirty-year records (1991-2020).

During our new average hurricane season, we could potentially have 14 storms and 7 hurricanes with 3 major hurricanes being a category 3, 4 or 5.  The year 2021 marks the beginning of a new 30-year record.  Considering the trend of stronger hurricane seasons to come, preparing for hurricane season is essential.  Due to the fact that we are still experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s vital to continue to use the same levels of caution as we did last year.

Here is a helpful guide to help you get organized and prepared in case of a hurricane disaster.

Do Not Forget That We are Still in the Middle of a Pandemic

Please keep in mind:  COVID-19 Symptoms, Prevention & Treatments.  Follow all Texas state and local guidelines in order to not only keep yourself safe, but keep others around you safe as well.

  • Keep your hands clean through proper hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer
  • Minimize in-person contact with individuals not within your social bubble
  • Self-screen and stay at home should you experience any of the COVID-19 signs or symptoms
  • See Checklist for individuals

At Altus, We Are Safe, Prepared and Open 24/7 Before, During & After Storms & Hurricanes

When preparing for hurricane season in 2021, it’s equally crucial to know where to go in case of an emergency.  At Altus, we ensure that we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure that we will remain open 24/7 to care for your medical needs even when other medical facilities shut down.

 

We’re OPEN 24/7, Before, During & After the Storm

Prepare Your Home Emergency Supply Kit

Should a hurricane make landfall in our area, roads will be flooded or blocked by debris, power lines, and water supply pipes may be damaged, leaving us no choice but to stay home.

Having an emergency supply kit is essential to survive at home during a disaster.

What to include in your Emergency Supply Kit?

Your supplies should last at least two weeks, and should include:

 

  • Easy to prepare nonperishable food
  • Drinking water, you should have one gallon per person per day
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Disinfectant
  • Soap and other personal hygiene products
  • Hand sanitizer
  • First Aid Kit
  • Copies of personal documents make sure to include a list of medications you are taking and any illnesses or allergies you have
  • Emergency contact numbers of family, friends, and local authorities
  • Emergency blankets
  • Extra cash

Evacuation Emergency Kit

Have an evacuation emergency kit ready in case you need to leave your home. Prepare your go-bag in advance; make sure to include food and water supply to last at least 3-day.

To help protect yourself and your family from COVID-19, make sure you include:

  • Reusable face coverings for everyone in your family, however, these are not recommended for children under age 2
  • Hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and other personal hygiene items
  • A change of clothes
  • Emergency blankets
  • A 1-month supply of any prescription medication you take

Medications

If you take any medications, you should speak to your doctor to ensure you have a one-month prescription on hand in case of a disaster. Remember, many pharmacies could be closed, and medications may be hard to find.

Also, prepare to have over the counter medications at home, including cough syrup, pain killers, and fever-reducing drugs.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Updating Your Disaster Plan

You may already have a disaster plan in place from previous years; however, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some shelters may no longer be available.

Make sure to contact your local authorities to obtain an updated list of shelters in your area. View find a shelter in Texas.

 

Stay Informed

 

  • Subscribe to weather apps to receive updated weather information.
  • Follow social media accounts of community leaders and agencies to receive emergency alerts
  • Learn the jargon used in emergencies, for example; a “watch” means you should get ready to act; a warning means you should spring into action immediately.

 

Stay or Go

 

If your local authorities recommend evacuation, don’t hesitate. Grab your emergency evacuation kit, gather your family, including your pets and leave.

Make sure you have a list of shelters available in your community or have plans to stay with family or friends outside the affected area.

Make sure you have a planned route for how to get to your safe place that includes alternate routes.

Set a place where you and your family can meet in case everyone is not home at the time of the evacuation.

 

Altus Emergency will always be here for you and your family. We stayed open during hurricane Harvey, tropical storm Imelda, hurricanes Hanna and Laura and we will remain open should another similar disaster impact our community.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

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Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Altus Emergency Lake Jackson Scholarship 2021

Altus Emergency Lake Jackson Scholarship 2021

Altus Emergency Center in Lake Jackson is happy to announce our new scholarship!

The program will benefit eligible local applicants who wish to pursue a career in healthcare.

 

Scholarship Awards

Altus Emergency Lake Jackson will award a total of $2000 in scholarships as a one-time payment.  Please read the requirements and fill in the application form below to apply.

 

Requirements

  • All applicants must be residents of Brazoria county.
  • Eligible applicants need to be students pursuing a degree in healthcare
  • Graduate from public or private high school or home school
  • Accepted to a 4-year University, Nursing school, Community College, or Trade School
  • GPA 3.5 or higher
  • Community Service/ Civic involvement

 

Selection Process

The application deadline is March 31st, 2021. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

  • Applicants must complete and submit the application form directly from our website.
  • Winners will be selected in April 2021 by a review panel appointed by the management of Altus ER Lake Jackson
  • The official announcement of the winners, check award, and photo session will be in May 2021.

The selection process has closed.  Thank you to all who have registered to participate!

 

Consent for Marketing and Media Activities

Altus Emergency Centers Scholarship recipients must provide explicit authorization for their name and image to be shared in Altus Emergency Centers communications. Recipient names and pictures can appear on a variety of marketing channels, which include but are not limited to media interviews, blog posts, printed material, and social media content.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Legal Disclaimer

Altus Emergency Centers reserves the right to withdraw or amend any listed scholarship without prior notification. Acceptance of the application will not guarantee that the applicant will receive an award.

Scholarships are awarded by the review panel appointed by Altus Emergency Centers management, and their decision is final, no appeals are allowed.

Scholarship recipients must meet the conditions set out in the Official Rules & Details on our website.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

Check-In Online

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Altus Baytown ER Scholarship 2021

Altus Baytown ER Scholarship 2021

Altus Baytown ER is happy to announce our new scholarship!

The program will benefit eligible local applicants who wish to pursue a career in healthcare.

 

Scholarship Awards

Altus Baytown ER will award a total of $2000 in scholarships as a one-time payment.  Please read the requirements and fill in the application form below to apply.

 

Requirements

  • All applicants must be residents of Baytown and surrounding communities.
  • Eligible applicants need to be students pursuing a degree in healthcare
  • Graduate from public or private high school or home school
  • Accepted to a 4-year University, Nursing school, Community College, or Trade School
  • GPA 3.5 or higher
  • Community Service/ Civic involvement

 

Selection Process

The application deadline is March 31st, 2021. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

  • Applicants must complete and submit the application form directly from our website.
  • Winners will be selected in April 2021 by a review panel appointed by the management of Altus Baytown ER
  • The official announcement of the winners, check award, and photo session will be in May 2021.

The selection process has closed.  Thank you to all who have registered to participate!

 

Consent for Marketing and Media Activities

Altus Baytown ER Scholarship recipients must provide explicit authorization for their name and image to be shared in Altus Baytown ER communications. Recipient names and pictures can appear on a variety of marketing channels, which include but are not limited to media interviews, blog posts, printed material, and social media content.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Legal Disclaimer

Altus Emergency Centers reserves the right to withdraw or amend any listed scholarship without prior notification. Acceptance of the application will not guarantee that the applicant will receive an award.

Scholarships are awarded by the review panel appointed by Altus Emergency Centers management, and their decision is final, no appeals are allowed.

Scholarship recipients must meet the conditions set out in the Official Rules & Details on our website.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

Check-In Online

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Altus Emergency Waxahachie Scholarship 2021

Altus Emergency Waxahachie Scholarship 2021

Altus Emergency Center in Waxahachie is happy to announce our new scholarship!

The program will benefit eligible local applicants who wish to pursue a career in healthcare.

 

Scholarship Awards

Altus Emergency Waxahachie will award a total of $2000 in scholarships as a one-time payment.  Please read the requirements and fill in the application form below to apply.

 

Requirements

  • All applicants must be residents of Ellis County.
  • Eligible applicants need to be students pursuing a degree in healthcare
  • Graduate from public or private high school or home school
  • Accepted to a 4-year University, Nursing school, Community College, or Trade School
  • GPA 3.5 or higher
  • Community Service/ Civic involvement

 

Selection Process

The application deadline is March 31st, 2021. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

  • Applicants must complete and submit the application form directly from our website.
  • Winners will be selected in April 2021 by a review panel appointed by the management of Altus ER Waxahachie
  • The official announcement of the winners, check award, and photo session will be in May 2021.

The selection process has closed.  Thank you to all who have registered to participate!

 

Consent for Marketing and Media Activities

Altus Emergency Centers Scholarship recipients must provide explicit authorization for their name and image to be shared in Altus Emergency Centers communications. Recipient names and pictures can appear on a variety of marketing channels, which include but are not limited to media interviews, blog posts, printed material, and social media content.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Legal Disclaimer

Altus Emergency Centers reserves the right to withdraw or amend any listed scholarship without prior notification. Acceptance of the application will not guarantee that the applicant will receive an award.

Scholarships are awarded by the review panel appointed by Altus Emergency Centers management, and their decision is final, no appeals are allowed.

Scholarship recipients must meet the conditions set out in the Official Rules & Details on our website.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

Check-In Online

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Emotional Well-being in 2020

Tips for Your Emotional Well-being During the Pandemic

We all react differently to stressful situations. Many of us are so good at forging ahead in the face of adversity that we may not recognize the warning signs that our emotional well-being is compromised.

Emotional well-being is vital to people of all age groups. The year 2020, has been a particularly challenging time for everyone’s emotional well-being as it has been the year of much controversy.  Now is the perfect time to stop and examine this year’s impact on our lives and find ways to improve our emotional health.

Emotional Well-being and How It Relates to Your Health

Being in good health doesn’t only refer to our physical health. Being in good health also involves our emotional and mental well-being.

 

But what is emotional well-being?

 

Simply put, it’s our ability to manage our feelings, both the happy, pleasant ones and the sad, angry, or worrisome ones.

Our emotions can impact our lives in unexpected ways. Some are good and some not so good. Research shows that when we are in a balanced emotional state, learning becomes easier. We are more creative, our productivity increases, and our relationships improve.

Our stress and anxiety levels increase when we are unable to control our emotions. When we are emotionally unbalanced, we are more likely to make bad decisions regarding our health and well-being.

Additionally, emotional stress can weaken our immune system making us more susceptible to viral and bacterial infections and developing chronic illnesses.

That is why learning to deal with emotional stress is so important during these challenging times.

Tips for Improving Our Emotional Well-Being

We live in unprecedented times, and we need to put extra effort into managing our emotions well. Now, emotional well-being doesn’t mean ignoring or avoiding unpleasant or negative feelings. It’s normal to experience feelings of anxiety and sadness, but learning to manage these feelings will help us stay healthy.

 

Manage Your Expectations

 

Disappointment is a fact of life. We’ve all experienced times when a situation didn’t live up to what we imagined.

Many of us set unrealistic expectations on how we would manage our time during the lockdown. Working or studying from home doesn’t mean the day has more than 24 hours, so if you didn’t learn a new language, mastered a musical instrument, or read all the books on your nightstand, that’s fine.

 

Proactively Manage Your Stress

 

It’s normal to have trouble concentrating and keeping ourselves motivated during stressful times, but this can make us feel anxious. Taking control of small things can help us regain a sense of normalcy and manage our stress.

It all starts by taking better care of yourself. Prioritize sleep, eat well, limit junk food, alcohol, and other indulgences, and stay physically active. Also, remember to reach out to family and friends by calling or video chatting with them often.

Getting enough rest and focusing on our physical well-being will help us clear our minds of negative thoughts and balance our emotions.

 

Learn to Identify Your Red Flags

 

Learning to identify the thoughts, physical sensations, and feelings that accompany stress and anxiety is vital.

 

When you feel stressed, take note of your:

 

  • Thoughts (I can’t concentrate, I am not good at this, nothing will ever change)
  • Feelings (sadness, worry, frustration),
  • Physical sensations (upset stomach, tension, or jitters)
  • Actions (emotional eating or drinking too much alcohol)

 

When you can identify these red flags, you can actively change your thoughts, control your physical sensations with breathing techniques, and stop yourself from overindulging.

The CDC provides a list of resources and contacts to help you cope with stress and anxiety. Don’t be afraid to reach out; help is available.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Plan for an Emergency

One thing that weighs heavily on our minds these days is our health and that of our loved ones. Knowing you have access to quality emergency care close to home and at an affordable price gives you peace of mind.

That is the mission of Altus Emergency Centers to provide the best care at the best price. We are here for you when you need us most. We work under strict safety and hygienic protocols. Our centers are conveniently located, so you don’t have to travel far to get the medical attention you need.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

Check-In Online

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Wearing a Mask During Your Workout

Wearing a Mask During Your Workout

Back in September, gyms were allowed to reopen at 75% capacity. This announcement made a lot of us who were eager to start exercising very happy.

However, the reopening measures included the required use of face masks during workouts.  This action raised many concerns among gym members.

Is wearing a mask during your workout a good idea?

Here we will address some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the use of face masks during your workout.

Why Wearing a Mask is Necessary?

Breathing heavier while exercising is almost inevitable. Yet this action increases the risk of viruses aerosolizing and spreading to others more quickly.

Therefore, using a mask is an effective way to slow the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19 and the flu.

Is It Safe to Wear a Mask While Exercising?

Yes, it is. However, experts recommend keeping your workout intensity at low to moderate and avoid vigorous exercise while wearing a mask.

The reason is that face masks decrease airflow, affecting your breathing and your body’s natural ability to regulate its temperature.

Suppose you have a preexisting condition and plan to train regularly at a gym. In that case, we recommend you speak to your doctor. Your physician can make recommendations for your specific condition and health history.

What Type of Mask Is Best?

Masks made of moisture-wicking materials such as cotton or polyester blends are best for exercising as they can absorb the sweat. Make sure your mask material is not more than two layers thick.

Avoid using paper or surgical masks as they can quickly breakdown due to the sweat or heavy breathing during exercise.

The CDC guidelines discourage the use of masks with exhalation valves or vents as these don’t prevent the spread of the virus

Additionally, N95 masks are not suitable for exercise routines as they can increase heat and humidity levels and increase breath resistance and overall discomfort in athletes.

It’s a good idea to carry spare masks with you so you can change them once they become damp.

Is It Necessary to Wear a Face Mask If You Are Exercising Outdoors?

Wearing a face mask while you exercise out in the open is unnecessary if you can maintain a safe physical distance from other people who don’t live with you.

However, if you are training with a team or running in a crowded street or park, then yes, we recommend you wear a mask to help prevent the spread of viruses.

What to Expect

While face masks help reduce the chances of spreading viral illnesses, they also affect how our bodies react to exercise.

Most people report experiencing an increase in heart rate while exercising with a mask. This increase in heart rate can increase the exertion rate and decrease performance during aerobic exercise and resistance training.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

When to Seek Medical Attention

When exercising with a mask, beware of these warning signs:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Extreme or Unusual Fatigue
  • Shortness of Breath That Does Not Improve During Rest Periods
  • Headache
  • Muscular Weakness
  • Overall Discomfort

If you experience any of the above symptoms, try taking a break. If you notice the symptoms don’t subside or worsen, come to the nearest Altus Emergency Centers immediately for an evaluation.

 

Altus Emergency Centers encourages everyone to maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise. However, during these challenging times, adjustments are required.

We urge everyone to adhere to health officials’ recommendations, including using a mask while exercising and maintaining physical distance when possible.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

Check-In Online

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Flu Season Is Here, Let’s Prepare!

Flu Season Is Here, Let’s Prepare!

The turn of the season signals the start of the flu season, an illness we should we never take lightly. However, this year we need to prepare even better as we are still battling a pandemic.

Because COVID-19 is still spreading in our communities, we need to do our best to reduce the spread of other respiratory illnesses like the flu.

The Impact of Flu Season in America

Per CDC estimates, last year’s flu season resulted in:

  • 38 million illnesses
  • 18 million doctor visits
  • 405,000 hospitalizations
  • 22,000 flu-related deaths

Although some groups are more vulnerable than others, the truth is that the influenza virus affects all age groups. For example, last season, the most affected age groups were young children (0-4 years) and adults ranging from 18 to 49.

The Flu, A Cold, Or COVID-19, How to Tell the Difference

Different respiratory viruses cause the common cold, the flu, and COVID-19, but they share some symptoms.

The following chart can help you differentiate the symptoms. However, it’s important to always speak to your doctor if you have severe respiratory symptoms or if you think you may have COVID-19.

Symptoms

Covid-19

Symptoms Can Range from Mild to Severe

Common Cold

Gradual Onset of Symptoms

The Flu

Abrupt Onset of Symptoms

Fever

Common

Rare

Common

Cough

Common

Common

Common

Sore Throat

Sometimes

Common

Common

Shortness of Breath

Sometimes (with mild/moderate infection)

No

No

Fatigue

Sometimes

Sometimes

Sometimes

New Loss of Smell or Taste

Common

Common

Common

Aches and Pains

Sometimes

Sometimes

Common

Headaches

Sometimes

Common

Sometimes

Diarrhea

Rare

No

Sometimes (especially in children)

Sneezing

No

Common

Sometimes

COVID-19 Common Cold or The Flu

You Can Help Prevent the Flu

This year, Altus Emergency Centers is joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention #FightFlu campaign to help stop the influenza virus spread.

Preventing the flu starts with each of us, so here is how we can keep ourselves and our loved ones safe:

 

Get Vaccinated!

Getting a yearly flu vaccine is the first line of defense. This year more than ever, it would be best if you got yourself and your family vaccinated.

The CDC recommends everyone 6-months or older get an annual flu vaccine. Together we can protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors.

 

Wash Your Hands

By now, we’ve all gotten into the excellent habit of washing our hands frequently. Harmful bacteria and viruses thrive on surfaces and objects that our hands come in contact with. If we touch our eyes, nose, or mouth with dirty hands, these germs can enter our bodies and make us sick.

The more often we wash our hands, the less risk we have of getting sick.

 

Keep Your Distance

Like the novel coronavirus, the influenza virus spreads through tiny droplets expelled when an infected person speaks, coughs, or sneezes.

Keeping a physical distance of at least 6-feet between you and others will help reduce the risk of getting the virus.

 

Continue to Wear a Mask in Public

Using a mask in public helps reduce the number of droplets we expel. The more people wear them, the less risk we all have of getting infected.

 

If You Get Sick, Speak to Your Doctor About Antivirals

If you get the flu, your doctor may prescribe antiviral medications. Although they won’t cure, these medicines can reduce symptoms, make illness milder, and shorten the time you are sick.

When to Visit Altus Emergency Center

If you happen to get sick with the flu, you should monitor your symptoms. If they are mild to moderate, you won’t need to visit the ER. However, should you develop any of the following signs, you should immediately come to the nearest Altus Emergency Center.

Influenza is a serious viral respiratory illness that should never be left untreated, as it can quickly develop into other more severe conditions.

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or severe abdominal pain
  • Confusion
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Vomiting that won’t stop

 

Altus Emergency Centers is committed to helping our communities stay healthy. We are open 24 hours every day of the year. Rest assured, our facilities follow strict sanitazing protocols to ensure all our patients’ safety.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

Check-In Online

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Tips for a Safe Halloween in 2020

Tips for a Safe Halloween During COVID-19

Our lives have changed in many ways since the pandemic’s start putting our coping mechanism to the test.

Perhaps one of the most radical changes brought on by COVID-19 is the way we socialize. Physical distancing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

So how can we celebrate Halloween safely?

Tips for a Safe Halloween

In the last few days, some counties have banned door-to-door trick or treating over safety concerns. Others are strongly recommending you skip the activity this year.

So, the first thing you should do is check the recommendations of your local health officials.

Trick-or-treating is an outdoor activity and, therefore, safer as you have some control when it comes to physical distancing. An added plus is you can work in a fun face mask into your child’s costume.

If you decide to trick or treat this year, here are some tips to protect your family from COVID-19

  1. Don’t replace your face covering with a Halloween mask. Specially made fabric or surgical masks work better at preventing the spread of the virus. Most of the materials used in Halloween masks are not be enough to prevent viral transmission.
  2. Parents should line their children and only have one child at the door at a time. By avoiding gatherings at your neighbor’s door, you can help keep everyone safe
  3. Local health authorities recommend you stay close to home and keep your trick or treating party small. You should avoid going to neighborhoods where you are not sure how the virus is spreading
  4. Encourage children to bring hand sanitizer and use it frequently as they are more likely to touch their face while adjusting their costume
  5. Once you arrive home, the first thing to do is have everyone wash their hands with soap and water
  6. Don’t let your children eat any of the treats before you get home. Their hands may be dirty, and this increased their risk of getting sick not only with COVID-19 but also with the flu or stomach

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General Safety Tips for Trick Or Treating

If your child has an allergic reaction, please don’t hesitate, bring them to the nearest Altus Emergency Center as soon as possible.

Halloween is a fun time for everyone in the family. Even though we may need to celebrate differently this year, Halloween can still be a joyous occasion if we follow the safety recommendations.

Although COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind these days, it is not the only health concern this time of year. Flu season is about to start, and if not treated, it could cause severe illness and complications.

If you or your child are not feeling well, it’s best to stay home. If you notice symptoms are getting worse, visit the nearest Altus Emergency Center, so our doctors can evaluate your symptoms and help you recover.

Tips for a Safe Halloween

If your child has an allergic reaction, please don’t hesitate, bring them to the nearest Altus Emergency Center as soon as possible.

Halloween is a fun time for everyone in the family. Even though we may need to celebrate differently this year, Halloween can still be a joyous occasion if we follow the safety recommendations.

Although COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind these days, it is not the only health concern this time of year. Flu season is about to start, and if not treated, it could cause severe illness and complications.

If you or your child are not feeling well, it’s best to stay home. If you notice symptoms are getting worse, visit the nearest Altus Emergency Center, so our doctors can evaluate your symptoms and help you recover.

Safe Alternative for Halloween!

If you are looking for a safe alternative for trick-or-treating in 2020?  We welcome you to come to our FREE Trick-Or-Treat Drive Through Events!  It’s a great opportunity to get free candy safely by Halloween personalities. Just Drive Through with your car or broomstick, no need to even get out!

We encourage that you fly off to tell your friends! The more, the scarier!

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Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month (NMAAM). This annual campaign aims to raise the public’s awareness of the dangers of prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse.

Most of us know of the growing drug problem in our communities. But most of us aren’t aware that the fastest-growing drug problem in America isn’t heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamines, its prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

How Big is The Problem?

Most people take prescription medication responsibly; however, there is a growing trend, especially among adolescents and young adults that are misusing prescription drugs.

According to estimates from The National Institute on Drug Abuse:

  • 18 million people have misused prescription medications at least once in the last 12 months
  • 2 million Americans misused prescription pain relievers for the first time within the past year
  • More than 1 million misused prescription stimulants
  • Some 1.5 million misused tranquilizers
  • 271,000 misused sedatives
  • In 2018, 46,802 individuals died from prescription opioids overdose
  • 10,734 Americans died from antidepressant overdose
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Why Is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month So Important This Year?

The reasons why people misuse or abuse prescription and over-the-counter medication vary. In most cases, easy access to these medications topped the list of reasons.

Other reasons include misinformation on how addictive opioid medications are and the perception that prescription medications are safer and less harmful or addictive than illegal drugs.

The challenges we’ve had to face this year due to the public health care crisis mean many of us are suffering from the effects of extreme stress and anxiety.

Prolonged stress affects every aspect of our lives, from our emotions, behaviors, how we think, and of course, our physical health.

Stress can contribute to the misuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications to try and eliminate or decrease the severity of symptoms such as insomnia, depression, anxiety, and pain.

That is why at Altus Emergency Centers, we are working to raise awareness of the dangers of medicine abuse.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Preventing Medicine Abuse

These are some ways we can help prevent accidental or deliberate prescription drug overdoses in our home.

 

Don’t Hoard Medications and Keep Them Out of Children’s Reach

Many of us are guilty of saving unused medications in our medicine cabinet, yet this habit can have dire consequences.

Hoarding medications at home increases the risk of taking expired medications, which can have serious side effects.

Prescription drug addiction among children is growing. Make sure you speak to your kids about the dangers of taking drugs, even prescription drugs for non-medical purposes.

It would be best if you disposed of your unused medicines through drug take-back programs. Ask your pharmacist if they have such a plan in place.

 

Only Take Medication as Prescribed and Never Self-Medicate

It’s critical to adhere to your doctor’s instructions when taking prescription medications. For over-the-counter medicines, you should always follow the indications of the manufacturer.

The one thing you should avoid is self-medicating. If you feel unwell, call your doctor, visit our ER, or speak to your pharmacist or another trained medical professional. Don’t take medications based on friends or family’s suggestions and avoid miracle cures advertised on websites.

 

Look for Alternatives When Possible

If you feel stressed, anxious, or experiencing pain, rather than reach for the medicine cabinet several times a day, try to find alternative ways to deal with your situation.

Join a support group at your local church or speak to a friend about how you feel. Try getting a massage or do stretching exercises every day to help ease your pain.

National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

What to Do In Case of an Accidental Overdose

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accidental overdoses are a leading cause of death among people between 35 and 54.

A drug overdose occurs when we take too much over-the-counter medicine or prescription medication. It can also happen if we take several prescription or over-the-counter drugs at the same time or if we combine them with alcohol.

Symptoms of an overdose can range from mild to life-threatening. Mild symptoms include slurred speech, drowsiness, and unsteadiness.

Severe and life-threatening symptoms require immediate medical attention. Call 911 and ask to be taken to the nearest Altus Emergency Center if you notice the following symptoms:

  • Breathing problems
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Vomiting
  • Unconsciousness

 

Altus Emergency Centers is here to help you overcome any medical emergency, including drug overdose. When you visit us, we will treat you like family because, to us, you are. We care about your well-being. If you are struggling with stress, anxiety, or drug addiction, we urge you to please reach out and seek help.

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Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Proudly Serving Midlothian, One of the Best Communities in Texas

Proudly Serving Midlothian, One of the Best Communities in Texas

What does it take to be considered one of the best places to live and raise a family in Texas? For starters, you need to have excellent schools, lots of fun activities for the whole family, safe neighborhoods, and outstanding neighbors.

No wonder Midlothian made the shortlist of best places to live in Texas!

This historically rich town has beautiful neighborhoods that offer residents a rural feel while still being close to city amenities. There are also great job opportunities in the “Cement Capital of Texas” that, paired with their great educational system, paints a bright future for the city.

The one thing the city of Midlothian was missing was top-rated emergency care. But that all changed in 2017 when Altus Emergency Centers opened their location in Waxahachie, providing world-class emergency care to all surrounding communities, including the residents of Midlothian.

Family Values and Top-Rated Medical Care Go Hand in Hand

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are proud to serve the community of Midlothian.  Much like the residents of this beautiful town, we built our organization on sound family values.

Our values are what inspired us to do things a little differently. We hire locally because we firmly believe nobody will take better care of you than family. When you walk through our doors, you will be greeted by the most talented medical professionals who happen to be your neighbors as well.

At Altus, we provide more than just excellent medical care; we provide support for our patients and their families. We work with you every step of the way to help get you back to health in an affordable way.

We hope that Midlothian would keep trusting us for your medical care!

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Why Altus Emergency Centers is Your Best Option

At Altus Emergency Centers, we know We Are Big Enough to Matter, but also Small Enough to Care. That is why we go above and beyond to provide fast, personalized, convenient, and affordable emergency care to our patients.

Altus has redefined what it means to be a real emergency room, which is why it’s hard to compare us to anyone else.

 

When you visit our facility, you can expect to receive:

  • Top-rated medical attention provided by local doctors and nurses that genuinely care about you and your family’s wellbeing
  • Minimal wait times. You will see a medical professional within minutes not hours
  • Private rooms where you will be safe and comfortable
  • State of the art facility with the most advanced technology
  • Affordable care

Location

We are just 10-minutes away!

As a patient, you shouldn’t have to leave your area to receive quality emergency medical attention.

That is why we made sure our facility is just a short drive away from you. We understand all too well how crucial early treatment is. Quick diagnosis and fast access to treatment can mark the difference between a full recovery and long-lasting health issues or even death.

Use our online check-in form to let us know you are on your way, and our medical staff will be ready and waiting for you at the door when you arrive.

Quick, Convenient, Quality Emergency Care for All

We provide world-class emergency care to patients of all ages, including children. Our certified doctors and nurses are available 24/7 every day of the year.

We promise there will never be a time when you come in, and we won’t have a physician on staff ready to care for you.

Another one of our guarantees is no wait lines. At Altus, you won’t spend hours in the waiting room. Instead, when you arrive, you will be transferred to a private room where a doctor will come to examine you within minutes.

The staff of Altus Waxahachie is always on call and ready to offer a helping hand, that is why you will never see indifference in our ER.

We understand the urgency of your situation, and we will do everything to offer care and support and get you back to feeling happy and healthy again.

Affordable Care

World-class emergency care doesn’t have to be expensive.

At Altus, one of the ways we’ve revolutionized ER services is by taking control of the entire billing process.

We’ve hired doctors to work directly with us, which allowed us to negotiate physician fees down, making it more affordable for you.

We’ve simplified our billing process to make it easier for you and your family to understand your bill.

At Altus ER Waxachie, we believe in simplicity, transparency, and honesty. Unlike other ER’s we won’t send you separate bills for services such as radiology and lab tests.

You will only receive two bills from us; one will detail all the ER services you received. The other will show the doctor’s fees, which, as we said before, are significantly lower than those charged at other ER’s.

Have Questions About Your Bill? We Can Help!

If you receive a medical bill from us and have any questions associated with it, we urge you to please reach out to our friendly, expert Patient Advocate Lendall Baker.

He is here to help ensure you get the most from your insurance coverage.  Please call or email him now if you have recently received a medical bill. 

Over the last three years, Altus ER Waxahachie has become an active member of the community of Midlothian.

We are grateful and honored for the opportunity you have given us to serve you, and we look forward to growing alongside the needs of the community.

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There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

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Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

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