COVID-19 hotline at Glacial Ridge Health System
March 19, 2020
Glacial Ridge Health System has a COVID-19 hotline available for people to call if they have the symptoms and need more information. This is very important to follow. If you have a fever, a cough and / or a respiratory illness or other respiratory symptoms, please do not go directly to any of GRHS's clinics or the Emergency Room. Please call GRHS at 320-334-5481 for further instructions. *Note: this dedicated number is ONLY for patients with the above-described symptoms.
The best advice to share is to follow these steps, steps that all of us need to take every day:
1. Wash your hands often (20 seconds with soap)
2. Cough in your your elbow
3. Don't touch your face
4. Stay six feet away from others
5. Feeling sick? Please stay home! This is vital to slowing the spread of COVID-19
6. Minimize social interaction and unnecessary stops
COVID-19 symptoms: coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is characterized by mild symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever. Illness can be more severe for some people and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties. More rarely, the disease can be fatal. Older people, and people with other medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.
Due to the high concern surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus), stay informed with up to date information. Members of the public can call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-3920. Also, here is the official Centers for Disease Control website dedicated to COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
As it stands with COVID-19 in Minnesota, as of 9 a.m. on March 18:
Total of 77 confirmed cases in Minnesota – 17 confirmed on March 17. The age range of new cases is 21 to 71. Four of the 77 total patients hospitalized; one in the ICU. The total reflects only the results from the MDH testing program. MDH officials believe there are more cases in Minnesota and the virus is circulating in communities. It is important for everyone to follow advice on community mitigation and social distancing to help flatten the case curve. As of March 18, the MDH lab has tested 2,762 total patients since PHL testing started March 1.