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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

3/10/2020
Grand Rapids, MN - Coronavirus Disease (“COVID-19”) is spread by respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, like how flu and other respiratory diseases spread, or when people touch surfaces that have been contaminated by an infected person, and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth. Grand Itasca is working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health ("MDH") for preparedness and best practice. At this time, MDH is also conducting all of the testing for COVID-19 across the state.
 
If you are experiencing symptoms common with COVID-19 (shortness of breath, fever of 100 degrees, new cough, new aches or pains), you may now qualify for testing. Please call our appointment line (218-326-7344) to schedule a telephone visit with a Grand Itasca provider. If they determine that you meet the qualifications for testing, they will provide you with instructions for curbside testing.
If you are experiencing severe respiratory symptoms or any other emergency, please do not delay care. We are prepared to care for you safely. However, if possible, we ask you to call our main line (218-326-3401) in advance so we can be prepared for your arrival. 

Coronavirus Disease (“COVID-19”) is spread by respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, like how flu and other respiratory diseases spread, or when people touch surfaces that have been contaminated by an infected person, and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth. 

The most important thing you can do right now to help protect yourself, your family and our community is to follow these steps:
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve, and throw used tissues in the trash right away.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, or before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you have cold or flu-like symptoms, and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wear a homemade mask when you must go out in public, including if you come to Grand Itasca for care.

Other COVID-19 related changes at Grand Itasca:
  • Enhanced visitor restrictions for inpatient units, effective Friday, March 13th
  • YMCA Clinic is closed, effective Monday, March 16th
  • Business Office and Financial Advocates are available by phone only, effective Monday, March 16th
  • Release of Information/Medical Records are available by phone only, effective Wednesday, March 18th
  • Non-urgent outpatient appointments and elective surgeries are being cancelled starting Tuesday, March 17th; patient will be contacted if this applies to them
  • Rapid Clinic remains open but patients should present to the main clinic doors, effective Tuesday, March 17th
  • Grand Itasca Pharmacy patients should sign up for mail service or follow-up our new curbside pick-up process, effective Wednesday, March 18th
  • Community donations are now being accepted; see this instruction document for details related to homemade masks and this FAQ document for other items we're accepting, where and when to donate, and other ways to help 

Additional resources for the most up to date and accurate information regarding COVID-19:



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