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COVID 19 Update from Hutchinson Health

A huge thank you to our staff as we have been preparing for COVID 19 and the many changes we have had to implement to keep our communities safe.  We also appreciate the efforts taken by members of our community to follow the recommendations to slow the spread of this infectious disease. These steps are critical to our success in treating this illness.

Since January, HealthPartners COVID-19 Preparedness Team and our hospital personnel have been working to prevent the spread of coronavirus and to care for patients who have the virus. The COVID-19 Preparedness Team is in close contact with the Minnesota Departments of Health and the CDC, and following their guidelines and recommendations on prevention and care.

We are prepared to identify and care for patients with symptoms, and have done so already.

We are separating patients with respiratory symptoms from other health concerns so we can continue treating other medical concerns and issues that require attention.

Most routine clinic visits have been suspended.  We are offering phone visits or patients can reschedule to a later date. We are also training our providers/physicians so we can begin doing video and telemedicine patient visits.  Wait for details on scheduling those soon.

Thank you to our community for donating some of the much-needed personal protective equipment, essential for our staff that are treating potential cases of COVID 19.  With the potential for an influx of cases and potential shortages, these efforts are so appreciated.  Questions regarding donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can be directed to Rachael Gemuenden, 320-583-1311.

·         We encourage proper prevention, including frequent and thorough hand washing, coughing and sneezing into a tissue and staying home if you are sick.

·         Stay at home. – If you must leave your home practice  “social distancing” by keeping 6 to 10 feet between you and other people. After you have been out, wash your hands thoroughly.

·         If you are having symptoms and aren’t sure if you should be seen by a doctor, consider whether you would have thought to go into the hospital this past fall before we knew about COVID-19.

·         If you would not have needed medical attention then, it is also best to stay home now, rest and drink plenty of fluids.

·         If you have symptoms possibly consistent with COVID-19 and do not require medical care, you should self-quarantine in your homes until:

At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND
You have improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath);
If you need care, call your clinic or schedule a telephone visit to discuss symptoms and answer questions.
Check our website for the most up to date information and visitor guidelines for our hospital and clinics.

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