Coronavirus COVID-19 information
- Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus.
- Most people who contract COVID-19 have mild symptoms that do not require treatment or medical care.
- The best thing we can all do for our community is to stay home when we are ill, no matter what is causing the illness.
- Symptoms of COVID-19 include but are not limited to fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you suspect that you have COVID-19, please follow the step-by-step guide below.
COVID-19 step-by-step guide
- As always, seek care immediately or call 911 in the event of an emergency.
- If you have recently traveled to an area of known COVID-19 outbreak or have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 individual and you are experiencing a fever, cough, or shortness of breath and would like to have your symptoms evaluated, call our free 24/7 Nurse Hotline at 218-499-6799.
- If you are a current CMH Raiter Family Clinic patient enrolled in the patient portal and are experiencing the above symptoms, please click here to log in and complete the Respiratory Illness Questionnaire. If you would like to be set up with the patient portal, call 218-879-1271.
Call 218-879-1271 for COVID-19 testing at CMH
COVID-19 testing is currently being done at CMH.
Patients seeking testing should drive to the special traffic lane on the south end of Arthur Avenue near the hospital. Wait in your vehicle on Arthur Avenue until reaching the head of the line, then enter CMH. Testing is done inside. An order from a physician is not needed for a COVID-19 test. If you are seeking a test, please call 218-879-1271 to order your test before arriving at CMH.
Important CMH patient updates
- No visitors are allowed unless they are visiting hospice or end-of-life patients.
- Pediatric patients are allowed to have two guardians with them.
- Absolutely no children are allowed to visit, with the exception of visiting hospice or end-of-life patients.
- There are no visitors allowed to SHCC unless they are visiting hospice or end-of-life residents.
Thank you for your understanding during this challenging period. These updates are meant to keep patients, staff, and visitors safe. As always, these restrictions are subject to change.
Important CMH Birthing Suites/OB updates
In order to best protect you and your baby from any possible exposure to COVID-19, we want all pregnant women to know important information about coming to the hospital for labor or any other pregnancy related concerns.
Please call ahead at 218-878-7012 to speak with The Birthing Suites nurse.
- An RN will discuss your symptoms and advise you to come in if appropriate.
- An RN will arrange for you to call again when you arrive at the hospital and someone will meet you at the entrance to escort you to The Birthing Suites, in order to avoid entry through the Emergency Department.
Visitors will be limited to one support person throughout your hospitalization.
- We will screen this person to ensure that they are not sick and do not have a fever.
- We ask that this person minimize trips in and out of the hospital to only urgent needs.
- Please do not leave the facility for smoking breaks. The visitor is welcome to bring nicotine replacement products (gum, patches, lozenges, but not vape products) with them to use during the stay.
- The visitor should remain with the mother and not visit other areas of the hospital.
Please feel free to bring food and drink for your support person with you; there is a small refrigerator available in each room.
- We can also provide guest meal trays for $5 each (cash only).
- You will both be served a complimentary celebration dinner after the birth of your baby.
Nitrous oxide will not be available for use during this time.
- We apologize if this was part of your plan for pain relief.
- Epidurals will continue to be available.
Assuming you and your baby are healthy and doing well, you may be discharged:
- Anytime 24hrs after birth, for vaginal births.
- Anytime 48hrs after birth, for Cesarean births.
See your healthcare provider from home with CMH Telehealth
Telehealth appointments support social distancing and are available for minor health issues, chronic care management, and preventative care. Learn about this new service and make your appointment.
Free, at-home saliva testing for COVID-19 is available to all Minnesotans
The State of Minnesota, partnered with Vault Medical Services, will provide an at-home saliva test to any person who feels they need one, and it’s free. Here’s how it works:
- Order your text online. This link has complete information on how to take a test and ship your sample to the lab using a prepaid UPS package.
- Once submitted, you’ll get your lab results in 24-48 hours.
- Each COVID-19 test will need a unique email address.
- A photo ID will be required so that the test supervisor can confirm your identity; any photo ID will work.
- You may be asked for your insurance information if you have it, but it is not required to test at home.
Complete information on this test can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health-Vault website.