July 1, 2020: Stay Safe MN By staying home, Minnesotans successfully pushed out the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic and bought our state time to get ready to treat those who fall ill. For more information visit the following link: https://www.mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/stay-safe-mn/stay-safe-plan.jsp
- 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 slow down or break the chain of transmission.
If you are concerned about your symptoms, call your health care provider.
- Your provider will work with you to determine whether you should be screened for COVID-19. Because of testing capacity limits, you may not be given a test. MDH prioritizes testing for hospitalized patients and health care workers. If your health care provider determines that your course of treatment will not be different even if you are positive for COVID-19, you may not be tested.
- 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.
- Recognize symptoms of potentially serious health issues, such as chest pain, dizziness, slurred speech, numbness or tingling, etc. should not be ignored. Dial 9-1-1 or go to the nearest Hospital Emergency Room.
- 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.
Single Entrance at Emergency Entrance
All patients should enter through the Emergency Entrance. Mercy Hospital’s Main Entrance is closed until further notice.
Current Visitor Policy
Visitors are now allowed, with the following exceptions:
- Inpatient Unit: Each patient will be allowed one visitor per day. All visitors must always wear a mask and a visitor name tag while in the facility. Family members should call the hospital/unit before arriving.
- Outpatient/ER Unit: Each patient will be allowed one visitor. All visitors must always wear a mask and a visitor name tag while in the facility.
- Chemo/Infusion Area: No visitors will be allowed at this time.
- Labor and Delivery: One adult support person will be allowed per patient.
- Communication Needs: One visitor will be allowed for pediatric, vulnerable adult, trauma or other patient needing help communicating to the health care team on their behalf.
- Visitors who are ill will not be allowed.
Elective surgeries and non-essential procedures
Elective surgeries and non-essential procedures are now allowed, in line with Gov. Walz’s executive order and guidance from the CDC and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. This includes non-essential appointments in imaging and lab. Contact your provider or Mercy Hospital to schedule PT, OT, Speech and Cardiopulmonary visits. The therapist/clinician will triage each situation and determine best direction for the patient.
- Many non-essential community meetings and classes at the hospital are cancelled until further notice, including support groups.
- Mercy’s Courtyard Café is closed to the public.
- Mercy Wellness Center is now open as of 6.13.20.
- The Copper Leaf Gift Shop is closed and volunteers suspended until further notice.
This is an evolving situation and additional changes are expected. Please check back frequently for updates at Mercy.
For up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the local, state, and federal responses 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
- Stay at Home Executive Order MN https://www.mn.gov/stayhomemn
- Carlton County MN https://www.co.carlton.mn.us
- Pine County MN https://www.co.pine.mn.us