Ah, the New Year is here. An opportunity awaits all Americans who wish to work toward erasing biases based on political preference. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Let’s imagine for just a moment something as improbable as a Congress working together to enhance living conditions, infrastructure, work opportunities and educational incentives for their constituents.Let us imagine an American media, newspapers, TV newscasts and other pundits encouraging all of us to support elected officials who put country ahead of personal gain. Could such things take place? Yes. When pigs take flight. Allen R. RemaleyScottsdale, Ariz.The writer is a former area resident.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census
MASON CITY — MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center says they’re expanding their Virtual Visit capabilities due to the coronavirus crisis. MercyOne North Iowa senior vice president Dr. Teresa Mock says a virtual visit allows patients to meet with their doctor without leaving the comfort and security of their home. “Virtual visits are telemedicine. They can be used for routine appointments to evaluate and to renew medication prescriptions. There are many visits that we would have not done virtually in the past that we can do virtually now.” Mock says if you have an upcoming appointment you can call your MercyOne healthcare provider and find out if a virtual appointment would be appropriate. “If you have an appointment with one of the clinics, call the clinic and see if it can be done as a virtual appointment, if it’s appropriate for that. That keeps you out of the hospital, out of the clinics, and helps you to socially isolate at home.” Virtual visits are covered by insurance including Medicare and Medicaid during the COVID-19 crisis. To learn more about Virtual Visits, please go to www.mercyone.org/northiowa/for-patients/virtual-visits. To determine whether Virtual Visits are appropriate for your condition, please contact your provider’s office.