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Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Preparing for COVID-19 at Mercy

 

March 19, 2020



Mercy Hospital is following the screening and treatment guidelines developed by the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health in preparing to care for any potential patients with COVID-19.

Mercy is working in collaboration with other local health care providers and is committed to protecting the health of all who come to our facility. Important information for the community includes:

Call Ahead

Symptoms may start 2-14 days following exposure and include:

Fever

Cough

Shortness of breath

If you are concerned about your symptoms:

Call the Minnesota Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Call your health provider for instructions. Your provider will work with you to determine whether you should be screened for COVID-19.

We want to be sure you are receiving the right care in the right location. Based on your symptoms, you may not need to come to a hospital or clinic. Hospital care needs to be preserved for those who are acutely ill.

After a health care provider obtains a sample for COVID-19 testing, the sample is submitted to MDH or a private lab for testing. Test results can take several days due to the volume of samples being submitted.

You may be asked to isolate at home.

We all have a role to play in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

All Minnesotans are encouraged to limit time spent in locations that do not allow social distancing of six feet per person.

By making healthy choices and practicing social distancing, we each can help break the chain of transmission.

As part of efforts to limit potential community spread, Mercy is also taking the following actions:

Only one visitor/support person per patient will be allowed for any hospital and Emergency Room visit.

Parents are asked not to bring children to parental appointments and siblings to other sibling appointments to help ensure the safety and health of all.

All non-essential community meetings at the hospital are cancelled until further notice, including support groups.

Mercy’s Courtyard Café is closed to the public.

Mercy Wellness Center is closed until further notice.

This is an evolving situation and additional changes are expected.

Additional steps you can take

Practice good hygiene habits to prevent illness.

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough.

Stay informed

For the latest information and recommendations, go to:

Minnesota Department of Health https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html

Centers for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

 

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