FACT CHECK for accurate information: Call the MDH COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-3920 OR visit the MDH website.
We know many of our patients want the vaccine as soon as it is available.
U.S. government and healthcare leaders are hopeful the availability of public vaccination can begin in late Spring - Summer.
Minnesota's phased approach in rolling-out the vaccine in priority groups is determined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) with recommendations from the CDC. Hospitals are vaccinating staff in tier 1a per MDH.
As stated, MDH has directed public health agencies to administer the COVID vaccine to the public.
* Glacial Ridge is NOT compiling a list of patients who want to get the vaccine. At this time, the vaccine will be administered through public health.
If MDH rolls out plans for hospitals and clinics to assist public health with getting the vaccine to more people sooner, GRHS will notify our community in the same way we do for the annual flu vaccine.
We ask for your patience as we approach the exit ramp of the global pandemic. Stay safe.
Glacial Ridge is always here to care for you. Learn more about our response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, find information to keep you and your loved ones healthy, how to get tested, when you can get the vaccine, and how we've taken every precaution to provide medical care in the safest way possible for our community. Together, we’ll get through this.
If you are feeling ill with the COVID-19 symptoms below or have had exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, please call before going to one of our clinics or the ER to receive further instructions.
We actively monitor our processes and procedures - and follow all recommendations of the CDC and MDH - for optimal care. Our staff is committed to ensuring that Glacial Ridge Health System facilities continue to be safe places to work and receive medical care. It's our family caring for your family.
Pleased Be Advised
All patients, guests, and employees are screened daily and required to wear a mask. A disposable mask will be provided for you to keep if you do not have one. Wearing a mask during your entire time within our buildings is necessary for source control.
Watch for Symptoms
COVID-19 symptoms have ranged from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Any of these symptoms may indicate COVID-19 if they began or are worsening within the past 2 weeks:
Shortness of breath
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
Most People Recover at Home
Most cases do not require medical attention and people can recover at home. Carefully monitor your symptoms and notify your provider if they get worse or if you have any other symptoms that are concerning.
Persons at Higher Risk
If you are over age 65, pregnant, or a person of any age with a serious underlying medical condition, you are at a for severe illness from this virus. Notify your provider as soon as symptoms start.
Glacial Ridge provides COVID-19 testing for symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals who meet the MN Department of Health criteria for testing. Please call the GRHS COVID-19 Hotline at 320.334.5481 for screening and further instructions.
See information in the FAQ below about antibody treatments at GRHS to reduce the severity of illness and risk of death for patients who meet FDA criteria for the medication(s).
When to Seek Emergency Medical Care
Call 911 for any of these emergency warning signs of COVID-19:
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
Bluish lips or face
Not able to be woken or stay awake
*Per the CDC, this list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Frequently Asked Questions
GRHS is not compiling a list of patients who want the COVID-19 vaccine at this time. GRHS OR PUBLIC HEALTH WILL NOTIFY OUR COMMUNITY WHEN YOU ARE ABLE TO GET THE VACCINE. We know many of our patients want the vaccine and we are working to assist public health where we can to make that happen as soon as possible. The process is unlike the annual flu vaccine though. Please understand it will take some time for public health to vaccinate thousands of people who want it in Pope County as they go through each phase.
Public Health Agencies are working on a plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine to sectors of the public who meet the criteria for each phase. Hospitals and public health must follow the phased approach set by MDH and they do not have additional doses stored at each location.
Minnesota's phased approach in rolling-out the vaccine in priority groups is determined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) with recommendations from the CDC.
- U.S. government and healthcare leaders are hopeful the availability of public vaccination can begin in late Spring - Summer.
A COVID-19 vaccine may not be available for children until more studies are completed.
For current information on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) Vaccine, visit the CDC's webpage:
For patients outside of the hospital who receive a positive test result for COVID-19 and are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, healthcare providers may recommend an antibody treatment.
The FDA has issued EUAs for two monoclonal antibodies that can attach to parts of the virus. These antibodies could help the immune system recognize and respond more effectively to the virus. Bamlanivimabexternal and casirivimab plus imdevimabexternal are available for patients meeting the FDA criteria. This medication is given to patients during a scheduled visit.
Your healthcare provider will decide on what approach to take for your treatment if you are hospitalized for COVID-19. Remdesivir and Dexamethasone are medications that have shown some benefit in reducing the severity of illness or risk of death for patients in the hospital.
Glacial Ridge Health System provides COVID-19 testing for symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals who meet the MN Department of Health criteria for testing. Please call the GRHS COVID-19 Hotline at 320.334.5481 for screening and further instructions.
These testing guidelines from MDH continue to change as circumstances evolve with testing capacity, etc. Utilizing this guidance is to ensure unnecessary collection and testing does not use essential resources or delay processing time at the laboratories running these tests.
Can someone test negative and later test positive on a viral test for COVID-19? (CDC)
Yes, it is possible. You may test negative if the sample was collected early in your infection and test positive later during this illness. You could also be exposed to COVID-19 after the test and get infected then. Even if you test negative, you still should take steps to protect yourself and others. See Testing for Current Infection for more information.
Patient Safety at GRHS
Patient and staff safety is and always has been our first priority. Sample collection for COVID-19 testing is done away from well patient care areas in the clinic and hospital. This procedure was put in place when testing began as another layer of protection for all patients trusting Glacial Ridge for their health care along with our employees who are caring for them.
- COVID-19 test: $142.14
- Antibody test $111.24
Coverage of the testing cost varies by individual health insurance plans. Please check with your insurance provider for details.
What you need to know
- In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.
- If you decide to engage in public activities, continue to protect yourself by practicing everyday preventive actions.
- Keep these items on hand when venturing out: a face mask, tissues, and a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, if possible.
Should you go out?
Learn what factors to consider before you head out.
The common cold, flu, and COVID-19 share many symptoms. If in doubt or symptoms get worse, call your doctor immediately.
Click to view the printable PDF from GRHS.
Glacial Ridge Health System’s Infection Control Team is actively monitoring COVID-19, always focusing on illness prevention, which is how we respond to any health situation. What does this mean for the clinics, therapy services, hospital, ER, and Glenwood Family Eye Center? It means we remain fully operational and additional protocols are in place to keep our patients and employees safe. Many of these protocols date back to March, with new procedures implemented upon recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
To learn more, visit:
Who needs to quarantine?
Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who currently has COVID-19 should quarantine.
Exceptions: People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again.
What counts as close contact?
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over 24 hours
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them)
- You shared eating or drinking utensils
- They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
Steps to take, when to start and end quarantine.
Even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) the length of time recommended. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus and/OR you could test positive a few days later even without having symptoms but still be contagious.
40-50% of all individuals who have COVID-19 have no symptoms.
See options to reduce quarantine in the link below to determine the timeline of when you can end quarantine and be around others.
When you can be around others (end home isolation) depends on different factors for different situations. Find CDC’s most recent recommendations for your situation.
CDC Update 7/22/2020: Accumulating evidence supports ending isolation and precautions for persons with COVID-19 using a symptom-based strategy. This update incorporates recent evidence to inform the duration of isolation and precautions recommended to prevent transmission of COVID-19 to others while limiting unnecessary prolonged isolation and unnecessary use of laboratory testing resources.
Available data indicate that persons with mild to moderate COVID-19 remain infectious no longer than 10 days after symptom onset. Persons with more severe to critical illness or severe immunocompromise likely remain infectious no longer than 20 days after symptom onset. Recovered persons can continue to shed detectable SARS-CoV-2 RNA in upper respiratory specimens (continue to test positive) for up to 3 months after illness onset - but are not contagious with an active case.
Many people have mild to moderate symptoms and can recover at home. If things worsen or you have other symptoms that are concerning, please call your provider right away, or in an emergency, call 911.
The CDC has the most updated information on how to care for someone with COVID-19 in non-healthcare settings. Learn what to do when someone has symptoms of COVID-19 or when someone has been diagnosed with the virus. This information also pertains to people who have tested positive but are not showing symptoms.
Per the CDC, washing cloth face coverings with laundry detergent in a residential washing machine is sufficient to properly clean/sterilize them. You can also hand wash them. They should be routinely washed, depending on the frequency of use.
Recent GRHS Local and State Updates
- COVID-19 Vaccination Plan Locally
- As COVID-19 Vaccines Roll-Out, Glacial Ridge Hospital Employees Step Up to Get Theirs
- COVID-19 Cases Surge Locally, Statewide; Hospital Access Impacted
- Cold, Flu, or COVID-19? (Printable Chart)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guide for Patients With Asthma
- COVID-19 vs. Seasonal Allergies
- Flu Vaccine – Minimize the Burden and Risk of Respiratory Illness this Year
- FAQs About Wearing Face Coverings in Indoor Spaces and Businesses (PDF) - MDH - MN Executive Order
- GRHS Testing “Strike Team” Provides Partnership, Peace of Mind for Area’s Long-term Care Facilities
- Safety Protocols Enhanced at Glacial Ridge Clinics and Hospital; Plus Information About Essential Visits
- Why Can’t Everyone Be Tested for COVID-19? And, What Are the Different Types of Tests in the News?
- Getting Care Safely at GRHS Clinics and Glacial Ridge Hospital During COVID-19
- Homecare and Hospice Staff Use Precautionary Measures and Continue to Provide Service to the Community
- Glacial Ridge Health System Prepared for COVID-19
- How to Donate PPE and Hand-Sewn Facemasks
- Good Old-Fashioned Hand Washing is Best
- Managing Stress and the Threat of COVID-19 – MDH
- Talking with Children About Coronavirus – CDC
- Influenza Statistics – MDH
- Governor’s Executive Orders – State of MN