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 or have questions related to COVID-19, call RiverView's Coronavirus Nurse Screening Hotline at 218-470-7983 before visiting one of our locations.
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.