What you Need to Know About COVID-19
RiverView Health is committed to the health and safety of our patients, our employees and the communities we serve. The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation. We will continue to provide the public with the most current COVID-19 information.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Shortness of breath
What should I do if I have symptoms or think I’ve been exposed to COVID-19?
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been notified that you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, call RiverView's Coronavirus Nurse Screening Hotline at 218-470-7983 before visiting one of our locations. The hotline is open Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm and 9 am-1 pm on weekends.
Appointments for COVID-19 testing should be made by calling the screening hotline. Testing is currently being provided for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms, persons that have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, and those having a procedure in which COVID-19 testing is ordered pre-procedure. Drive-through testing is scheduled Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm and by appointment on weekends.
How is COVID-19 treated?
Treatment for COVID-19 is supportive care (treating the symptoms). There are no antiviral or vaccine options at this time.
How can we prevent COVID-19 from spreading?
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household clearing spray or wipe.
- Practice good respiratory and hand hygiene:
- Cover your cough and sneezes.
- Wash your hands often (for at least 20 seconds) and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new strain of a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. This pandemic started in China, but has now spread to many countries, including the United States.
The virus spreads from person to person through close contact and respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible to get COVID-19 through contact with a contaminated surface or object; however, this is not the main way the virus spreads.
- Health care workers.
- Patients with a cough or respiratory symptoms should wear a mask when in the hospital or clinic.
- The CDC does not recommend people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.