Bev Larson (l) is Infection Preventionist and Suzie Eklund (r) is Quality Director for Stevens Community Medical Center. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

As they commemorate National Patient Safety Week, officials at Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris said they are prepared for any possible cases of coronavirus. The hospital’s Infection Preventionist Bev Larson told the KMRS Community Connection that they have been meeting with community leaders and representatives from the EMS, public health, university and long term care facilities to make sure everyone is on the same page.

“If you are concerned or you have been traveling, the best thing is maybe not to rush into the hospital but to call and inquire and talk to somebody about your symptoms so that it can best be determined if you should come in or not,” said Larson. “Because if you do come in, you’re exposing a lot of people and then it could be a huge mess after that. Just kind of…stay calm.”

To date, there have been two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Minnesota. More information is available at the Minnesota Department of Health webpage, www.health.state.mn.us, and also at www.ready.gov and www.cdc.gov.

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