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Kaiser Permanente closes clinic in Target store in Burbank, others throughout the Southland

Shoppers wait in the rain at a physical distance from each other outside Target in the Empire Center in Burbank on Thursday. The Target Clinic, provided by Kaiser Permanente, is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Shoppers wait in the rain at a physical distance from each other outside Target in the Empire Center in Burbank on Thursday. The Target Clinic, provided by Kaiser Permanente, is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
(Tim Berger/Burbank Leader)

Kaiser Permanente announced Thursday it is temporarily closing numerous medical offices and clinics throughout Southern California, including one in a Target store in Burbank, citing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

“The health and safety of our members is always our top priority,” the healthcare consortium wrote in a statement on its website. “In an effort to limit additional exposure to COVID-19 throughout the community, we have decided to temporarily close or limit services. By doing this, we are able to coordinate care and combine much-needed medical equipment and staff while still providing high-quality care to our members.”

Kaiser will suspend or limit services at locations throughout the Southland, including in the Antelope Valley, Downey, Kern County, Los Angeles, Orange County, Panorama City, Pasadena, the Inland Empire, San Diego, the South Bay and Ventura County.

A full list of affected facilities is available here.

Kaiser had announced on March 27 it was going to consolidate services.

Hospitals and public health agencies have been working to manage the flow of patients as the coronavirus spreads.

So far, hospitals have said they have not been overwhelmed by the number of patients, and the state says it thinks it has enough respirators for now.

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