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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 have known exposure to COVID-19 and/or are experiencing mild respiratory symptoms, please stay home and self-quarantine. Do not come to Grand Itasca. If you are experiencing severe respiratory illness with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, please complete a free online evaluation at Oncare.org or call the main line at 218-326-3401 for help. Oncare or Grand Itasca staff will inform you of the next recommended steps to take.

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 and has limited supplies for testing.

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.

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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