Empower Clinics Inc (CSE:CBDT) (OTCMKTS:EPWCF), the vertically integrated health and life sciences firm, has told investors that patient visits to its corporate clinics continue at a record pace amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The company runs a network of physician-staffed wellness clinics and, as reported earlier this month, patient visits increased by 800% in February compared to the same month in 2019. On March 4, Empower reported that total patient visits came in at 1,817 in February 2020 compared to 227 in February 2019.
"The coronavirus crisis is impacting all aspects of our lives, but our clinics remain incredibly busy, as patients show how important their medical cannabis treatment options are to manage increased levels of anxiety, stress, chronic pain and PTSD," Steven McAuley, the chairman and CEO of Empower said in a statement.
"We had to quickly adapt clinic operating procedures to ensure optimum safety for employees and patients, updated cleaning and sanitation protocols, and provided extensive new communications to our team and patients."
Arizona and Oregon have both declared a 'State of Emergency' over the novel coronavirus outbreak, therefore, as a medical service provider, Empower's corporate medical clinics are considered an essential service and are not subject to certain mandated closures, the firm added.
Empower said there is an "even greater need" for plant-based medicine, as the impact of the virus becomes more pervasive.
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