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Published on March 23, 2020

Minnesota Facilities Take Measures to Reduce COVID-19 Spread

With the spread of COVID-19 increasing, Avera facilities in Marshall, Tyler, Lake Benton, Ivanhoe and Granite Falls, as well as Hendricks Community Hospital Association are taking proactive measures this week to further control traffic and limit visitors in their facilities.

Clinics in these communities are developing separate well care and ill care areas to limit contact between individuals with any upper respiratory illness and those who are seeking care for routine, scheduled appointments. Patients with upper respiratory symptoms including sore throat, sinus congestion, cough, shortness of breath or fever that started within the last two weeks will be seen in an ill care area.

In some locations this will involve using a separate entrance. Patients with scheduled appointments will receive details by phone.

In addition, heightened visitor limits are being implemented in these facilities beginning Monday, March 23, to protect patients, staff and the community. Visitors will not be allowed in the hospital setting or emergency department. Exceptions include consideration for childbirth, pediatrics, and end-of life care. In addition, visitors should not accompany patients to clinic visits except in cases where a parent/guardian is bringing a child to an appointment or where a patient is unable to get to their appointment without assistance. These are temporary precautions while there is a threat of COVID-19 transmission.

All individuals entering these health care facilities will continue to be screened.

“We know this may be difficult for families. We feel this is the best decision to safeguard the health of patients, staff and the community. Please know that this is temporary. We’re asking for our communities’ understanding and cooperation with these precautions. The health and safety of our community and our staff are of top concern,” said Mary Maertens, Regional President/CEO, Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center.


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