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How to Keep Young Children Safe from Omicron

How to Keep Young Children Safe from Omicron

Waves of COVID-19 continue to batter the country leaving parents with small children wondering how best to keep their kids safe.

The coronavirus continues to mutate; the current dominant variant is called Omicron. Although it produces milder illness in many cases, it is still straining hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Additionally, Omicron is affecting children more than previous variants.

According to COVID-NET, the hospitalization rate for the week ending on Jan 22 for children aged 0-4 who are still not eligible for the vaccine was 7.1 per 100,000. While the rate for children aged 5-17 was 2.2 per 100,000. Even though these numbers are higher than those seen in past months, the good news is that data shows the hospitalization rate going down.

However, new variants continue to appear; this week, scientists said they were studying a new sub-variant of Omicron detected in various states known as BA. 2.

We still don’t know much about BA. 2, including whether it causes more severe symptoms and spreads faster than other variants or which population is most at risk. Therefore, as parents, we must continue to protect our children.

The increase in pediatric Omicron illnesses and hospitalizations is naturally a source of anxiety if you are a parent. Still, there are ways to help reduce your child’s risk of infection. Here are a few ways you can help keep your children safe from Omicron.

Get Vaccinated

If you have children under the age of 5, one way to help keep them safe is to make sure that all adults and children age five and up in the family are fully vaccinated.

Check Your Children’s Risk Factors

Your family is unique, and therefore the risk factors for your children can be different. However, here are some considerations for you to take into account:

  • Are any of your children immunocompromised, or do they have any illnesses that could increase their risk for severe COVID-19 disease?
  • Are your children under the age of five and therefore not eligible for the vaccine?
  • Are your kids attending in-person classes at school, or do they go to daycare?

Keep in mind that the more contact your children have with people outside of your family, the greater their chances of catching a virus, be it the flu or the coronavirus

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Speak to Your Children

It’s not always easy to explain to small children what is happening, especially when safety guidelines are changing all the time.

But children are fast learners, and they have an enormous capacity to adapt, so don’t underestimate them.

There are several children’s books that can help you approach the subject and make it easier for your kids to understand what is going on.

You can download some of these books for free from The American Psychological Association (APA) website. To check them out, click here.

Continue to Follow All Safety Measures

Teach your children the importance of washing their hands and why they should never touch their faces or eat with dirty hands.

It’s also a good idea to teach them not to share eating utensils or drink out of other children’s glasses. This habit can keep them safe from many illnesses, not just COVID-19.

Buy them size-appropriate masks to wear when safe social distancing is not possible.

Want to Know More About the Omicron Variant?

Altus Emergency Centers will continue to be here for the community helping to save lives. However, we urge you to please do what is in your power to keep your family safe. Remember, prevention is always the best option.

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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!

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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!

Never Fear a Surprise Bill Again!

Never Fear a Surprise Bill Again!

As the new year rolls in, the “No Surprises Act” consumer protection law will go into effect. This legislation bans most unexpected medical charges from out-of-network providers.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are thrilled about this news and applaud lawmakers’ efforts to protect patients from unfair charges.

As you all know, at Altus, we implemented a no surprise bill policy more than a year ago. Since then, none of our patients have received a surprise.

However, no matter how hard we try, we cannot control everything the insurance companies do. Unfortunately, some of them have unlawfully tried to charge patients for emergency services.

We want to help you know what to do in these cases, so you never have to fear getting the medical treatment you need.

What is a Surprise Bill?

A surprise medical bill is when you unknowingly receive medical care from a provider outside your private insurer network. For example, in many hospitals and emergency rooms, the specialists who treat patients are not employees but contractors who charge their fees separately. As a patient, you are not aware of this, which is why many people receive a bill they were not expecting after going to the ER.

What Will the Surprise Medical Bill Protections Do for You?

The protections will work similarly to those established by the state of Texas. The new federal rules will apply to all private insurers, even those provided through the Affordable Care Act.

With this new law, you should not receive a surprise medical bill from the following scenarios:

  • When you get treated at the ER
  • Air ambulance services (airplane or helicopter)

Insurance companies must also provide the same coverage regardless of whether you receive medical attention at an in-network or out-of-network facility.

The Law Has Always Been On Your Side

In a perfect world, your insurance company would be your best friend, always looking out for your best interest. But the reality is that insurers increasingly deny coverage for your emergency care.

If this should ever happen to you, please reach out to our Patient Advocate; we can help you get the coverage you are entitled to.

You should know that even before the “No Surprises Act” existed, the law already protected you through the Prudent Layperson Standard. This standard says that YOU get to decide when and where you seek emergency care based on your symptoms.

Your insurance company cannot force you to go to an in-network ER. They are also not allowed to determine if your symptoms were those of a medical emergency or not.

In other words, if you feel you are having a medical emergency and need to go to the ER, your insurance provider is legally obligated to cover your care.

Recent Updates on the No Surprises Bill As Per the CMS and What It Means to You

Recently, as per the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS.gov, the provider and facility requirements that apply starting January 1st consist in the following:

  • No balance billing for out-of-network emergency services
  • No balance billing for non-emergency services by nonparticipating providers at certain participating health care facilities, unless notice and consent was given in some circumstances
  • Disclose patient protections against balance billing
  • No balance billing for air ambulance services by nonparticipating air ambulance providers
  • Provide good faith estimate in advance of scheduled services, or upon request (for uninsured or self-pay individuals)
  • Ensure continuity of care when a provider’s network status changes
  • Improve provider directories and reimburse enrollees for errors

Find out more information on the background & purpose of the No Surprises Act of Division BB of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) amended title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) to add a new Part E through reading the High-Level Overview of Provider Requirements.

What to Do If You Receive a Surprise Bill

Here at Altus, you will never have a surprise bill!

All services provided at our facilities, including specialists and other ancillary services, will show in the invoice we provide you after your visit. Because we directly employ all our doctors, you will never see a big bill from us.

Should you ever receive a surprise bill from your insurance company after visiting one of our centers, please contact our Patient Advocate immediately.

If you have any questions about the Surprise Bill Act, please feel to call us at: 409-227-0536.

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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!

New Year’s Resolutions – Begin 2022 Off Healthy

New Year’s Resolutions Week – Begin 2022 Off Healthy

At the start of every year, we vow to become a better version of ourselves by setting our New Year’s resolutions.

This tradition may seem silly to some of us. Still, the truth is that incorporating more healthy habits into our everyday life will help us live a longer, healthier, and more enjoyable life.

We all want to improve ourselves but may feel a little at a loss when it comes to living healthier, and that is ok. So, we’ve put together these tips to help you set realistic goals and help you get started on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.

Get More Quality Sleep

Adults need seven or more hours of sleep per night to be healthy. Yet, according to the CDC, more than a third of Americans don’t get enough sleep regularly.

Getting enough sleep has a direct impact on our daily lives. When you don’t sleep well or sleep too little, you may find it harder to concentrate. You may also fall asleep while at work or driving, increasing your risk of serious accidents and injury.

Additionally, research shows that people who regularly get less than 7 hours of sleep a night have a higher risk of developing chronic medical conditions, including:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Mental illness, including depression and anxiety

How to Improve the Quantity and Quality of Your Sleep

Here are some tips to help you rock the first of your New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Go to bed at the same time every night
  • Avoid taking caffeinated drinks in the late afternoon or evening (this includes coffee and caffeinated soft drinks)
  • Turn off your TV and don’t use any electronic devices, including computers, TV, cell phones, video games, and tablets, at least one hour before bedtime

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Become More Organized

Whether you are rushing to drop or pick up your kids from school or extracurricular activities, going to work, grocery shopping, doing house chores, exercising, and caring for family members and pets, your day is busy.

The more hectic your schedule, the more likely you are to prioritize productivity over safety. But, unfortunately, all this running around can lead to physical and emotional burnout, a weakened immune system, and an increased risk of accidental injury.

To avoid this, plan your days, so you have plenty of time to get everything done. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and remember it’s ok and sometimes necessary to say no once in a while.

Make Better Food Choices

If you are trying to lose weight, avoid crash diets and diet pills, these will do more harm to your health than you can imagine.

Making healthier food choices can improve your energy levels and help strengthen your immune system.

You don’t need to make drastic changes all at once. Instead, start with small things like:

  • cutting down on sugary drinks and over-processed food
  • Add more veggies and fruits to your daily meals
  • Drink more water and less soda
  • Add more fiber by eating whole wheat bread and crackers
  • Choose leaner cuts of meat

Remember to be mindful of your serving portions. Eat enough to feel satisfied but not overly full. Over time, you will feel more energized, and you may drop a few pounds as well.

Know Where to Go in Case of An Emergency

An emergency can happen when you least expect it. But, when it does, it’s important to know where to go.

Make sure to create a list of emergency phone numbers, including your doctor, emergency services, and Altus Emergency Centers. Put the list in a visible and easily accessible place within your home. Then, teach your kids how to dial the numbers and give directions to your home if necessary.

Altus Emergency Centers offers four convenient locations in Lumberton, Baytown, Waxahachie, and Lake Jackson.

Our qualified medical staff and state-of-the-art facilities are open 24/7 every day of the year.

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!

Omicron Variant: What You Need to Know

What You Need to Know About the Omicron Variant

The coronavirus is still among us, and new variants continue to appear. For example, the Omicron variant, identified in late November, is now the dominant strain here in the U.S., accounting for more than 73% of nationwide cases.

According to the CDC, Omicron is responsible for up to 90% of new COVID-19 cases in some parts of the country.

Will There Be More SARS-CoV-2 Variants?

Yes. The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is constantly changing and mutating its genetic code. As a result, experts expect new variants of SARS-CoV-2 to continue to emerge.

Some variants will quickly disappear, while others will emerge and continue to spread, becoming what is known as a variant of concern.

What Is a Variant of Concern?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a variant of concern as a mutation that can:

  • Spread more easily
  • Cause more severe illness
  • Antibodies from previous infections or acquired from vaccination are not as effective in combating the new variant
  • Current treatments are not as effective against the new variant

Read more about COVID-19 variants, what you need to know.

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Is Omicron the Only Variant in the United States Right Now?

Unfortunately, no. While Omicron is spreading faster than any other variant we’ve had in the past, different variants are still circulating.

Although Omicron is the dominant strain of the virus right now, the Delta variant (previously the dominant variant) still accounts for more than 26% of COVID-19 illnesses.

Is Omicron More Severe?

The scientific community continues to study the Omicron variant. As a result, much remains unknown, including if it causes more or less severe illness.

Early studies suggest that current vaccines offer protection against severe illness and death. However, those fully vaccinated will need a booster shot to increase their defenses and avoid Omicron infection.

Who Is Most Affected by Omicron?

Omicron spreads faster than other variants and can infect anyone. However, we’ve seen a significant increase in children testing positive for the new variant in the last weeks.

To put this in perspective, children accounted for 17.3% of total cases since the pandemic began. For the week ending on December 16th, 23.7% of weekly reported COVID-19 cases were children 18 or younger.

More concerning is the fact that pediatric hospitalizations for COVID-19 are surging, with close to 800 new daily admissions.

Public health officials are especially concerned about small children aged five and younger who are not eligible for the vaccine against COVID-19.

Early reports from South Africa and the United Kingdom show a bump in hospital admissions for that age group. And although we don’t know for sure if this trend will continue in America, extra precautions to safeguard young children from infection need to take place.

Can I Get Omicron if I’ve Already Had COVID-19 or I’m Vaccinated?

Yes, you can get infected with Omicron even if you have antibodies from a previous COVID-19 infection or if you have been vaccinated.

There are several reasons for this. First, the vaccines reduce your risk of developing severe illness and reduce your risk of dying from COVID-19, but they don’t prevent infections.

Aside from this, the new variant Omicron has more mutations than previous strains, making it easier for it to bypass your system’s antibodies.

What You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Your Family From Omicron

The protection measures against Omicron are the same recommended for other variants and include:

  • Continue to wear a mask when out in public
  • Do your best to keep a physical distance of at least 6-feet when out
  • Constantly ventilate rooms when you are indoors
  • Continue to wash your hands regularly
  • Avoid coughing or sneezing in front of others. Remember to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Get vaccinated if you haven’t
  • Get your booster shot if you are eligible
  • If you believe that you have COVID, get tested

When to Seek Immediate Emergency Care

According to the CDC, seek emergency medical care immediately if you or someone you know experiences any of the following:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

Please keep in mind that this list is not the complete list of warning signs, please seek immediate medical care if you experience other severe symptoms. It is advisable to call ahead or check-in online.

While Omicron seems to cause less severe illness in most patients, it continues to be a threat for vulnerable groups. Because of this, we should all do our part to help keep our community safe.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we continue to work hard to provide the best care for our patients even during these challenging times. Remember, we are safe, fast and always open for you and your family when you most need it.

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!

COVID-19, Common Cold or The Flu? How to Tell the Difference

COVID-19, Common Cold or The Flu? How to Tell the Difference

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt our lives, many of us are feeling on edge, and the slightest symptom makes us wonder if we’ve contracted COVID-19.

The common cold, the flu, and COVID-19 are all respiratory illnesses caused by viruses, and some of the symptoms can be very similar. So how do you know which one you have?

Here, we will show the differences so you can know when you need to seek medical help.

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What Causes the Common Cold, The Flu, And COVID-19

The first similarity between all these illnesses is that they are all caused by viruses.

 

Common Cold: The reason we call colds the common cold is that numerous viruses can cause it making it an easy illness to get.

Some of the viruses responsible for the common cold include:

  • The rhinovirus
  • Human parainfluenza
  • Respiratory syncytial virus
  • Various coronaviruses – But not the one that causes COVID-19 

Viruses, including the coronaviruses responsible for the common cold, produce mild symptoms that include a stuffy nose, sore throat, and headaches.

 

The Flu: The influenza virus is what causes the flu. There are many variations of the influenza virus, all of which can cause seasonal viral respiratory infections in your nose, throat, and lungs.

For most, the flu causes mild to moderate symptoms that resolve themselves in two weeks or less. However, some patients can develop serious complications that result in pneumonia and possibly death.

 

COVID-19: The strain of coronavirus responsible for the illness, is known as COVID-19. Scientists have named this new strain the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2  or SARS-CoV-2.

The symptoms of the SARS-CoV-2 virus are much more severe, resulting in high persistent fevers, cough, trouble breathing, pneumonia, kidney failure, and even death.

Comparing the Symptoms of the Common Cold, The Flu, and COVID-19

The following symptom chart can help you decide if you have a common cold, the flu, or COVID-19. This list of symptoms, however, is not definitive and should only be used as a guide. If you suspect you have COVID-19, please call your doctor or visit one of our centers as soon as possible.

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

How Can You Be Sure if Your Symptoms Are Those of COVID-19?

Because symptoms of the common cold, the flu, and COVID-19 can overlap, it can be challenging to know when you should worry, and when you shouldn’t.

If you do have COVID-19, prompt diagnosis and treatment can help lower your risk of developing complications.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a COVID-19 self-checker to help you know when to seek medical attention.

If your self-assessment indicates, a doctor should examine you, call the nearest Altus Emergency Center or use our online check-in form. You will receive a free medical evaluation, and you decide when and where to get tested should you need to.

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!

COVID-19 Variants – What You Need to Know

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Variants

The following article on COVID-19 Variants is based upon official health sources such as WHO, CDC, and Texas Health & Human Services.  With so much information floating around about the pandemic, we hope to be able to break it down to the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 variants to help clarify a highly complex and quickly changing topic.  We recommend everyone to fact-check anything they hear, see or read with the official healthcare authorities.

Understanding the Variants Video Source: CDC

What is a COVID-19 Variant?

Before we even begin to get into COVID-19 variants, we’ll need to give you a quick biology class to understand what a variant really is.  As long as a virus is transmitted and allowed to thrive from host to host, it is expected to mutate and eventually create new variants.

 

As our human genetic material is called DNA, the virus genetic material is called RNA (ribonucleic acid).  A virus (which is not a living organism) needs to invade a happy and healthy cell in order to reproduce or replicate itself.  When it attacks the cell, it transmits its RNA making it a “sicky cell” and replicates it to basically make more virus-contaminated cells.  As the cells multiply, some errors can occur along the way so that they are not “perfect copies”, these unperfect copies of the original are called mutations.  When enough mutations occur, the strongest ones eventually set themselves apart from the rest (through natural selection) and become the dominant strain, a new variant.  (Source: Tufts University)

 

While there may be many mutations and variants, most will die but the stronger ones that survive can become dominant strains.  In the case of the COVID-19 virus, these are the ones who are being referred to as the “variants of concern”.

COVID-19 Varients of Concern in the US

Now, let’s get to know what the top COVID-19 Variants of Concern are within the US.  Since the COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2) was officially identified by Chinese authorities on January 7, 2020 (source: WHO), there have been four main variants of concern (source: CDC).

Alpha – B.1.1.7

First Identified: United Kingdom

When: November 2020

Spread: Spreads much faster than other variants

Severe illness and death: May potentially cause more people to get sicker and to die

Vaccine: Currently authorized vaccines do work against this variant. Some breakthrough infections in fully vaccinated people are expected but remain rare. All vaccines are particularly effective against severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

Treatments: Treatments are effective against this variant

Beta – B.1.351

First identified: South Africa

When: October 2020

Spread: May spread faster than other variants

Severe illness and death: Current data do not indicate more severe illness or death than other variants

Vaccine: Currently authorized vaccines do work against this variant. Some breakthrough infections are expected but remain rare. All vaccines are particularly effective against severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

Treatments: Certain monoclonal antibody treatments are less effective against this variant

Gamma – P.1

First identified: Japan/Brazil

When: 6 January 2021

Spread: Spreads faster than other variants

Severe illness and death: Current data do not indicate more severe illness or death than other variants

Vaccine: Currently authorized vaccines do work against this variant. Some breakthrough infections are expected but remain rare. All vaccines are particularly effective against severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

Treatments: Certain monoclonal antibody treatments are less effective against this variant

Delta – B.1.617.2

First identified: India

When: Late 2020

Spread: Spreads much faster than other variants

Severe illness and death: May cause more severe cases than the other variants

Vaccine: Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. Some breakthrough infections are expected but remain rare. However, preliminary evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can spread the virus to others. Learn more here. All vaccines are particularly effective against severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

Treatments: Certain monoclonal antibody treatments are less effective against this variant

Consult the WHO website for an updated list of COVID-19 common, less common, and more severe symptoms.

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Is There a Test for a Specific Variant?

You may be wondering, “If I get tested, can they tell which variant I may have?”  The simple answer is, “No” but it’s not that simple.  According to the CDC,

“All COVID-19 tests can detect all variants, but they will not tell you which variant you have.”

 

There are two types of tests:
  • Antigen Tests (Rapid Tests): Involves the detection of protein fragments associated with the virus.
  • PCR (Molecular):  This particular test detects the RNA (virus genetic material as previously described).

 

So basically, if you get an antigen test they cannot determine the specific variant.  However, scientists can track and investigate the COVID-19 variants through genomic sequencing.  As you can see, molecular testing does reveal genetic material that allows researchers to investigate the variants and be on the lookout for new ones.

The CDC answers the question, What is CDC doing to track SARS-COV-2 variants?

 

“In the United States, CDC tracks emerging variants through genomic surveillance with the following approaches:

  • Leading the National SARS-CoV-2 Strain Surveillance (NS3) system. Since November 2020, CDC regularly receives SARS-CoV-2 samples from state health departments and other public health agencies for sequencing, further characterization, and evaluation. On January 25, 2021, the NS3 system was scaled up to process 750 samples per week. Notable strengths of this system are the regular collection of numerous representative specimens from across the country and the characterization of viruses beyond what sequencing alone can provide.
  • Partnering with commercial diagnostic laboratories
  • Collaborating with universities
  • Supporting state, territorial, local and tribal health departments
  • Leading the SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing for Public Health Emergency Response, Epidemiology, and Surveillance (SPHERES) consortium”

 

Imagine all of the samples that the CDC, commercial diagnostic laboratories, and universities get on a daily basis.  That’s a lot of samples!

This helps give researchers the data to continuously look into the variants.  You may ask, “Why is genomic surveillance important for public health?”  Now that we have a good idea about what a variant of concern is, we can talk about the Variant of High Consequence.

What is a Variant of High Consequence?

Right now, the term, “variant of high consequence” is not circulating through the news.  We hope and pray that it never does.  While a variant of concern is basically what it says, causes concern but there are vaccines and treatments available, in the case of a variant of high consequence, there is none.

This would be a variant that would force scientists back to square one to find a new vaccine and treatments.

In other words, a variant of high consequence would render our current countermeasures useless. 

The CDC describes it as follows:

  • Demonstrated failure of diagnostic test targets
  • Evidence to suggest a significant reduction in vaccine effectiveness, a disproportionately high number of vaccine breakthrough cases, or very low vaccine-induced protection against severe disease
  • Significantly reduced susceptibility to multiple Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) or approved therapeutics
  • More severe clinical disease and increased hospitalizations
The good news is that currently there are no COVID-19 Variants of High Consequence.

Source: CDC

However, as it is in its nature, as long as the virus continues to spread, it will most likely continue to mutate into other forms of variants.  Some of the COVID-19 future variants may potentially be much more dangerous than the current variants.

Now is the time to prevent the rise of a COVID-19 Variant of High Consequence.

If you are presently unvaccinated, please take the time to read and educate yourself on the current overcrowded hospitals with so many unvaccinated suffering from severe COVID-19 complications. Vaccines in the US are highly effective, including against all variants including the Delta which is the strongest variant of interest in the US today.

“The COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States are highly effective at preventing severe disease and death, including against the Delta variant.” – Source CDC.

For those who are fully vaccinated, if you live or visit a place that is of high transmission you should consider wearing a face mask while indoors to avoid the spread.  To find out the transmission rating of your county, visit the CDC’s COVID Integrated County View.

Together We Can Stop the Spread

At Altus Emergency, we have been through natural disasters and now the pandemic without having closed our doors even once.  It is during these harsh times that we dive into the cause wholeheartedly.

With hospitals being severely overcrowded and emergency rooms closing, we put everything into helping our communities, day in and day out.  This has been a rough time for everyone, we hope and pray that if we all work together to help educate our communities, we can help put an end to this pandemic.  Please keep in mind that the unvaccinated are the most at risk for severe complications of all COVID-19 variants. 

According to health authorities, “Virtually all hospitalizations and deaths continue to be among the unvaccinated.”  Putting an end to this pandemic is in all of our hands.

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 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to care for you and your family 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, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays. 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!

Back to School Tips for 2021

Back to School Tips for 2021

In honor of parents all over Texas who are scrambling to get their kids ready for school, here are some Back to School Tips for 2021.  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend our daily life and the start of the new school year just a few weeks ahead, stress levels are running high for both parents and children.  Now with the COVID-19 Delta variant, parents need all of the help they can get.

School districts continue to weigh learning options for this school year, and we still don’t know when things will be back to normal. However, there are steps you can take as a parent to help prepare your children for in-person classes.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Get to Know About the Delta Variant

The first of our Back to School Tips for 2021 is to get to know more about the Delta variant.  This most recent COVID-19 mutation or variant has quickly become the dominant strain accounting for more than 93% of all new COVID-19 cases in the US. (Source: CDC).

One of the reasons for Delta’s expansion according to the CDC, is that it’s twice as contagious as the previous COVID-19 strains. 

Another reason for its quick rise is that recent studies have shown that the Delta virus is stronger, packing 1000 times the “viral load” than previous COVID variants. As a result, the unvaccinated have been the worst hit and have overrun hospitals and emergency rooms all over Texas.  According to the latest data from Becker’s Hospital Review, during the last 14 days,

Texas hospitals have experienced a 102% increase in COVID-19 hospitalization rates with every 30 out of 100 hospitalizations being COVID-19 related.

With this knowledge in mind, it is important for parents to take the insertion of the Delta variant into consideration when sending their children back to school.

RSV Cases Are Still On the Rise

Hospital overcrowding leads us to our next of the Back to School Tips for 2021.  In our recent news article, CDC WARNING: Rise in RSV Cases in Children and Adults, we alerted our communities on the recent out-of-season spike in respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus which if left untreated can be deadly. Like most respiratory viruses, RSV is spread by touching an infected surface and by air. In fact, the virus can survive on hard surfaces for many hours. Once infected with RSV, a healthy individual can remain contagious for 3-8 days. However, in some cases, “individuals can continue to spread the virus even after they stop showing symptoms, for as long as 4 weeks.” Source: CDC.

RSV Symptoms

It is vital to know how to recognize RSV signs and symptoms.  These tend to show up within 4-6 days and usually appear in stages.  “In very young infants with RSV, the only symptoms may be irritability, decreased activity, and breathing difficulties.” Source CDC.   The following are the most common RSV signs and symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Coughing & Sneezing
  • Fever
  • Wheezing and difficulty breathing

Should you or a loved one exhibit any of these RSV symptoms (which do not come all at once), visit your local Altus location to have it evaluated by an ER physician and avoid possible complications.

 

RSV Complications in Infants and Children according to the CDC:

  • Bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung)
  • Pneumonia (infection of the lungs)

Considering that hospitals are packed full, it is important that parents take all necessary steps to safeguard their children from the RSV virus.

Pediatric Emergencies Capability

Texas Schools Reopening Guidelines

Now that we have discussed the current health situation, the next of our Back to School Tips for 2021 is to get to know the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) reopening guidelines to know what to expect.  According to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) new COVID-19 health guidance :

  • Children are not required to wear facemasks (this is entirely optional)
  • Texas schools are not required to inform parents of positive COVID cases (contact tracing)
  • They are required to notify the Texas Department of State Health Services authorities
  • They are required to notify the parents of the children who came into close contact with the COVID-positive child or teacher.
  • They are required to exclude the child from classes and remote learning for up to 20 days.
  • “For individuals who are determined to be close contacts, a 14-day stay-at-home period was previously advised by the CDC based on the incubation period of the virus” or they may end the period sooner having received “a negative result from a PCR acute infection test.”

If Kids Get Infected with Delta, Are They at Serious Risk?

The following was passed along by the Texas Department of State Health Services from the CDC Stance on the Delta Variant as of July 2021.  Source: CDC Update on COVID-19

“Most children who get COVID19 have less symptoms than adults. However, the Delta variant is more transmissible than other variants, therefore protection against exposure is more important than ever, especially among those who are unvaccinated or too young to be vaccinated.

  • We knowbased on national antibody studiesthat children experience COVID19 infection, even if they have had fewer symptoms. National seroprevalence data show that children (age 017) have the highest level of antibodies of any age group (27.8%).
  • CDC recommends that parents take appropriate protective actions, such as having children older than age 2 who are unvaccinated wear masks in public indoor settings.”

In other words, although children that had been exposed to the virus experienced “low transmission rates”, the data was derived from previous COVID-19 variants and not the Delta.  As children tend to be either asymptomatic or very mild symptoms, they are still potential transmitters of the virus and can endanger those who have not been vaccinated.  For this reason, the most important of our Back to School Tips for 2021 are for parents to take the necessary steps to help prevent and protect their children and their communities.

Teach Them How They Can Stay Safe

Kids are more aware of their surroundings than many of us think. They can feel the stress and anxiety of grownups, and they see the news. The problem is that they don’t always understand why things happen.

For this reason, it’s important to teach our kids, especially the smaller ones, how harmful germs spread, and how they can make us sick. The critical point, however, is also to teach them how they can keep themselves safe.

So, while you explain that virus and bacteria can enter their system when they touch their eyes, nose, or mouth with dirty hands, you also explain what they can do to keep safe.

  • Help them create the habit of washing their hands with soap and water regularly. You can make up a fun song together or teach them how to blow soap bubbles while they wash their hands.
  • Explain why they shouldn’t touch their faces (eyes, nose, and mouth) with unwashed hands. No need to scare them, simply remind them of how much fun they missed out on the last time they were sick.
  • Teach them about social distancing. Personal boundaries are hard to understand for most kids, but as we get used to our new normal, teaching them about personal space is vital. Find creative ways for them to express how much they care about a classmate or teacher that doesn’t involve hugging or close contact.

While PPE is completely optional in Texas, for those parents who consider following the CDC’s recommendations, here are some tips on facemasks:

  • Not sharing is caring. Children need to understand that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) cannot be shared with anyone else. You don’t want to send your child to school with a Superman face mask only to have them return home with a Spiderman face mask.
  • Instruct them on the proper way to wear PPE. Show your kids how to put on their face coverings, and how to remove them safely. Insist they always wash their hands before putting on or taking off their PPE

Other tips for preventing the spread of viruses:

  • For current COVID-19 case counts across Texas, please visit the Department of State Health Services dashboard.  If you are in a “hot spot” you will have a greater chance of exposure and transmission.
  • Set up a mom’s network.  While the schools may not be broadly reporting the COVID cases, a mom’s chat network can help keep parents informed.
  • For parents with older kids (ages 12 and up), many school districts are hosting back-to-school COVID-19 vaccination campaigns. Should you wish to get your teen vaccinated, contact your local school district to find out which one may be near you.
  • For younger children, parents may opt to “cocoon them in” which means that they take the steps to ensure that everyone in their close proximity is vaccinated and when they are around others who are not, they consider wearing facemasks and social distancing.

Positive Outlook

Kids don’t all feel the same way about school. Some love it and others not so much.

As parents, it’s important to point out the positive aspects of going to school. Bring up the friendship bonds they’ve developed at school, and always try to link their studies to their interests.

Most importantly, listen to your child. Talk openly about their concerns and fears about returning to school and reassure them that both you and their teachers will do everything you can to keep them safe.

How to Prepare Your Children to Go Back to School

Schedule Check-Ups in Advance

Don’t leave your kids’ medical checkups for last. Call your doctor to schedule a routine checkup well ahead of the start of face to face classes. This way, you will have time to treat any minor condition that can compromise your child’s health at school.

Stay Informed

Health and safety guidelines are continually changing, depending on how COVID-19 is spreading through our communities.

Therefore, establish communication channels with teachers, principals, and other parents to ensure you are up to date with all safety measures.  Please keep in mind that as long as their are transmissions, the COVID-19 virus will continue to mutate.  Together, we can help end the spread!

At Altus Emergency Centers, we know how much you love your children and how you always want what is best for them. That is why all our centers have special pediatric examining rooms, and medical professionals to treat your child when necessary.

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!

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!

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

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 Advocates.

We are here to help ensure you get the most from your insurance coverage.  Please call or email 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.

altus emergency centers and midlothian

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!

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!

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

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 Advocates.

We are here to help ensure you get the most from your insurance coverage.  Please call us 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.

altus emergency centers and midlothian

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!

Stay in Shape Safely During the Pandemic

Stay in Shape Safely During the Pandemic

These past few months have been a roller coaster of emotions brought on by the public health crisis our nation is facing.

Most of us have gone through initial feelings of concern to now feeling anxious, frustrated, sad, and even angry with the situation. And these feelings are not only affecting adults; they are impacting our children as well.

While the extensive physical distancing policies put in place to the slow the spread of COVID-19 are necessary, our bodies and minds still need exercise to stay healthy.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

The Benefits of Exercise

There is a direct relationship between health, diet, and exercise. Maintaining a healthy diet is essential when it comes to our physical, mental, and even social well-being. Yet regular physical activity is equally important.

Having a sedentary lifestyle can increase our risk of developing chronic diseases and permanent loss of movement. Additionally, a lack of physical activity can also harm our immune health and lead to weight gain.

On the other hand, regular aerobic exercise helps improve our mood, boost our confidence and self-image, improve our sleep quality, and relieve stress.

For these reasons, keeping active during the coronavirus pandemic is essential.

Tips for The Whole Family to Exercise at Home

When you think of starting a workout routine at home, you should also consider including your children. Physical activity has proven to improve a child’s physical health, as well as provide cognitive and emotional benefits, including enhancing their attention span and mental and emotional well-being.

Set Realistic Goals

 

Sure, most of us wish we could compete in a triathlon or become a high performing athlete. But one of the top reasons starting a workout routine fails is because we set unrealistic goals.

Setting unattainable short-term goals can crush your family’s motivation. So, start by setting small, easily attainable goals. Make sure to include your kids in the conversation to learn what they wish to attain.

 

Here are some examples of easy goals to set when you first begin:

  • Go for a 30-minute walk around the neighborhood as a family at least five days a week. You can increase the length of your outings progressively.
  • Do three sets of 15 jumping jacks or squats every day. Increase the number the sets as your physical condition improves
  • Hold a plank position for 30 seconds, increase this progressively and make it a competition to see who can hold it the longest

 

If your primary purpose is to lose weight, don’t make the mistake of saying I want to lose 50, 60, or 100 pounds. Slow, steady weight loss provides the most benefits, and it can help you keep the weight off longer.

A good starting point is to set a monthly weight loss goal of 5-10 pounds. Meaning you will lose 1-2 pounds per week, which is very achievable.

The practice of setting small achievable goals can help motivate you and your family and start you on the path of creating long-term healthy habits.

Stay in Shape Safely During the Pandemic

Make it Fun

 

Most of us think of exercise as a necessary evil. We’ve programmed ourselves to think of it as an unpleasant chore on our to-do lists.

But physical activity should and can be fun and enjoyable for everyone in the family. The first thing you should do is add variety to your workouts. If you always do the same exercises, then you will get bored, so include both outdoor and indoor activities. From riding a bike, walking, or swimming if you have a pool, to joining an online workout program you can do from home.

Make sure to include activities that promote flexibility and stretching, as this can help increase your balance and prevent injuries.

 

Here Are Some Ideas for At Home Physical Activities for You and Your Kids

  • Exercises that use your body weight, such as push-ups, pull-ups, planks, and mountain climbers
  • Yoga
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Dancing – Put on your favorite songs and do a dance-off
  • Balancing on one foot – Helps improve balance and muscle strength
  • Hopscotch -You can either use tape or chalk on your floor, driveway, or patio
  • Fill up a balloon or beach ball and don’t let it touch the ground
  • Crab walk or bear crawl races
  • Jump rope
  • Do a Hula Hoop contest

 

Pace Yourself

 

To help prevent injuries, we recommend you start slow and increase both the length and intensity of your workouts progressively.

Trying to do too much at once not only increases your risk of getting injured it can also frustrate your efforts.

Stay in Shape Safely During the Pandemic

Common Exercise Injuries and What to Do About Them

It’s worth mentioning that a workout injury can happen to anyone. Regardless if you are starting or if you are avid gym-goer injuries are part of life so don’t get discouraged if you suffer one.

 

Common workout injuries include:

  • Muscle pull and strain
  • Sprained ankle
  • Wrist sprain or dislocation
  • Shin splint
  • Shoulder injury
  • Knee injuries
  • Tendinitis

If you or your kids get injured while exercising and you experience severe pain, difficulty moving the joint, or have acute inflammation, don’t wait. Visit the nearest Altus Emergency Center to be evaluated by a physician.

 

All our centers are open, and we follow strict safety protocols. When you visit us, you are in the best hands.

Stay in Shape Safely During the Pandemic

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!

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Oct. 31st, 6:30pm - 8:30pm 137@ N Lhs Dr, Lumberton

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