COVID-19 crisis suppresses visits to Big Isle hospitals, clinics

  • Medical professionals walk and stand near the COVID-19 restriction rules April 2 outside Hilo Medical Center in Hilo. Both professionals wore medical masks around their necks before going inside. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

Fewer patients are visiting Big Island emergency rooms and urgent care clinics due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and that is having a negative impact on their revenue.