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If you are having a heart attack, you really, really need immediate medical attention. Locally, however, there have been people who delayed going to the hospital due to fears over COVID-19.

Dr. Bill Kose, vice president of special projects at Blanchard Valley Health System, said a cardiologist who puts in stents after people have suffered heart attacks recently reported three cases in three days of people who had put off going to the hospital because of COVID fears. It’s a trend being seen in some other parts of the country, as well.

Kose said the hospital is not co-mingling COVID and non-COVID patients. Patients with COVID are also being kept in “negative pressure” rooms, meaning the air does not circulate back into the rest of the hospital.

And “you want to take care of yourself,” Kose said, adding that with a heart attack or stroke, in particular, it’s important to be seen by a doctor.

“Don’t put it off,” he said.