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COVID-19 Health Updates:

Updated 5/18/2020 at 11:40am


Sanford Health and Windom Area Health

COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall


Minnesota Department of Health

COVID-19 Symptoms

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Minnesota Department of Health

Information and Advice for COVID-19

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Understanding COVID-19 and How to Stay Safe

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Minnesota Department of Health

New Testing Guidelines

There is a national shortage of test reagents and supplies. MDH has a very limited supply of testing materials. Four major commercial laboratories offering testing may also be out of reagents.

Current guidance for testing:

  • Assess whether your clinic or system can send specimens to a commercial reference laboratory; determine priorities for testing and assess whether these labs have restrictions (at present we are aware that all four laboratories have also run out of reagents and may not be able to accept specimens).
  • Limit sending specimens to MDH to those from hospitalized COVID-19 patients. At this time, we can also test ill health care workers and ill persons living in congregate settings.
  • Inform all patients who present with undiagnosed fever and/or acute respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath), even those not able to be tested, that they should self-quarantine for 7 days after illness onset, or 72 hours after resolution of fever (without taking fever-reducing medications), whichever is longer, and improvement of respiratory symptoms. Inform patients to call ahead.
  • Patients who are not able to be tested should isolate themselves from household and intimate contacts as much as possible. Household and intimate contacts of these individuals should limit their activities in public for 14 days after incorporating precautions in the home, and monitor for symptoms.

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World Health Organization

What to do if you think you're sick with COVID-19 or suspect you've been infected.

Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms, such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.

Why?  Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.

If you develop fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call and seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition.

Why?  Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility.  This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

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Keep up to date with all accurate prevention techniques and health information by following CDC and World Health Organization guidelines.  Their sites are linked below.

Center for Disease Control Website 

World Health Organization Website

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Click the image below to view Windom Area Health's Operation Updates in response to COVID-19.

COVID-19 UPDATES 5/12: Screenings In Effect. Please bring own mask, if available. Patient/Visitor Restrictions.Learn More
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