Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Questions about COVID-19?
Please call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-3920 or visit Minnesota Department of Health for more information. Please visit the CDC Website for more information about the Coronavirus. You can also read the CDC’s Steps to Prevent Illness. See easy tips for handwashing from the Minnesota Department of Health.
For Midwest Patients:
We plan to stay open for critical services as long as we can. We feel it is important for us to remain open during this difficult time because we see patients for a number of urgent issues that cannot wait until after this pandemic passes. With reduced capacity for larger hospital systems to serve patients in their clinics, it will be important for patients without coronavirus to have somewhere to receive care for other medical issues that are still ongoing during a pandemic.
We are still seeing patients in clinic with some exceptions. Given the recommendations to stay home and away from others as much as possible, we would like to help you get the care you need without exposing yourself unnecessarily to others. The following steps are being considered:
- If you are over the age of 70 (higher risk for severe coronavirus illness) and your appointment can wait, we suggest you reschedule or consider using a virtual appointment.
- If you have a routine follow-up visit or another visit scheduled that could wait three months, we suggest you reschedule or consider doing a virtual appointment.
- You may receive a call for further clarify your reason for your visit and possibly asked to reschedule or use a virtual appointment.
What we are doing: We are taking several possible precautions at Midwest to protect you should you need to come in and be seen. These include:
- Implementing social distancing measures in clinic.
- Enhanced cleaning measures.
- Staff in close contact with patients will wear masks
- We are pleased to announce that Midwest is now offering virtual appointments from the safety and comfort of your own home.
Surgeries: In compliance with the recent executive order from Governor Walz, we will be further reducing our surgeries to those that are most urgent and essential. If you have a surgery scheduled in the next few weeks, after this coming Monday, March 23rd, our surgery schedulers will contact you to discuss rescheduling options as necessary.
Please do not come to clinic if you have any new onset illness that involves fever, cough, vomiting or diarrhea.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and recommendations are changing quickly. You can trust we are doing our best to navigate this difficult time.
How can I help protect myself and others?
There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid close contact (at least 3 feet away) with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a flexed elbow or tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home and contact your primary care provider if you develop symptoms, have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.