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The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that people stay home when sick. Don’t go to work and don’t head straight to the clinic or hospital without calling first. Precautions recommended are those commonly recommended for avoiding colds and flu:
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water…Stay home when you are sick…Cover your cough…If you are experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath, call first.
The CDC COVID-19 symptom checklist is here.
MDH COVID-19 hotline: (651) 201-3920
Business impacts hotline: (651) 297-1304 or (800) 657-3504
School and childcare hotline: (651) 297-1304 or (800) 657-3504
MDH COVID-19 website: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) website.
For the latest information from the office of Governor Tim Walz & Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan visit: https://mn.gov/governor/
Message from SCMC Chief of Staff, Dr. Jason Huikko
6/8/2020: SCMC continues to move towards returning to more normal operations with the recent resumption of some elective procedures. We continue to strive to keep our patients and staff safe and we need to keep the following measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Screening of everyone entering the building for symptoms of COVID-19
- Visitor restrictions within the hospital, we also encourage patients to limit the number of people coming to an appointment to the fewest number possible.
- Social distancing remains important, we have set up our waiting rooms to meet this need. To reduce the number of people in our waiting areas we encourage patients to show up no more than 15 minutes before their appointment and have instructed staff to room patients as quickly as possible to help reduce the number of people in waiting areas.
- All patients that are admitted or have an elective procedure will be tested for COVID-19.
- Wearing a mask is a requirement. All patients and staff wear a mask (universal masking) as there is some evidence that this may reduce the spread of the virus. Additionally, the MN Department of Health requires facilities to have universal masking in place. It may not always be comfortable but if doing so reduces the spread of the virus then we must make this small sacrifice for the community.
SCMC has also made some temporary changes regarding the operation of our weekend urgent care and respiratory clinic while we work on longer term solutions. We need patients to call 320-589-1313 to be placed on the appropriate schedule. Callers will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and provided a time to be seen based on the screening results. Patients without COVID-19 symptoms will be scheduled to be seen between 9am-11am. Patients with COVID type symptoms will be scheduled to be seen between 11:30am-12:30pm. 24 hours emergency care continues to be available.
Thank you again for everyone’s patience and understanding as we continue to adapt to this pandemic.
-Jason Huikko, M.D.
In the past week, our care centers have created opportunities for more meaningful connections for our residents and loved ones through open window visits and outdoor patio visits. Our entire team enjoys seeing our residents and loved ones visiting and look forward to the days when we are once again able to welcome visitors into our care center. We ask that you schedule your virtual visits, open window visits, and patio visits ahead of time due to high demand and safety of our residents.
At the beginning of the pandemic, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) set strict guidelines for our care centers including prohibiting communal dining. We have now received revised guidelines and reviewing all of the requirements to safely implement communal dining. Look for more information on this subject in the future.
As of 06/26/2020, there have been no known cases of Coronavirus in our care centers. We continue to follow all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). As the state agencies loosen restrictions, please know you are a key partner in preventing the spread of CoVid-19 in our care center. We ask that you understand the requirements and procedures we have put in place, and work with us as partners in caregiving to abide by them.
Your messages of support, prayers, and patience will not be forgotten. If you have and questions, concerns, or ideas for make visiting better, please do not hesitate to reach out to the care centers. Thank you again for being partners with us in fighting the COVID-19 virus.
Updated information on our planning and preparedness for Coronavirus and our activities within our care center can be found by visiting our website (www.sfhs.org) or our Facebook page.
If you have information you would like to share, please call us at 320-589-3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.