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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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?

  • 100.4°+ Fever

  • Cough

  • 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.

What is COVID-19?

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.

How does COVID-19 spread?

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.

Who should wear a mask?

  • 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.