(Polk County, IA) -- Polk County Health is once again asking residents to avoid going to a local emergency room for non emergencies. Polk County Health reports that local hospitals are reporting "incredibly long waits" for individuals to receive care and then be placed in an appropriate inpatient bed if needed.
Hospitals report factors leading to long wait times include high demand for hospital bends, staffing shortages, increases in summer illnesses and injuries, and caring for very sick individuals with longer hospitalizations.
Polk County Health reminds residents that in the case of a life or limb-threatening emergency, do not hesitate to go to the emergency room or call 911.
Those who are sick or injured but not in a life or limb threatening situation are encouraged to try their primary healthcare provider, urgent care or virtual care.