Johnson Memorial Health Services is actively working with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay prepared to manage coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
More information about coronavirus can be found on MDH’s Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) website. MDH has set up a COVID-19 public hotline that is open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The hotline number is 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903. MDH Website
The Assisted Living, Care Center, and the Hospital are all closed to visitors.
COVID-19 is a new virus. There are still things we do not know, such as how severe the illness can be, how well it is transmitted between people and other features of the virus. We do know that the population we serve – older persons with underlying medical conditions – are at greater risk for the most serious forms of infection associated with this new disease. COVID-19 FAQs
According to CDC, patients with confirmed COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
- fever of or over 100.4 degrees
- severe fatigue
- shortness of breath
- Some patients have had other symptoms including muscle aches, headache, sore throat, or diarrhea.
Based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of other coronaviruses, CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear two to 14 days after exposure. If you have symptoms call 320-312-2155 first. Do NOT come to the clinic or emergency room.
What to do if I get sick?
The symptoms of COVID-19 can vary from mild to severe respiratory illness. Follow the CDC guidelines if you are sick. Keep in mind, about 80% of patients who have COVID-19 can be treated at home.
Regarding returning to work, the CDC recommends businesses not require provider notes for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work. This is because clinics and medical facilities may be extremely busy and unable to provide such documentation.
What if I need to get tested?
JMHS has set up processes for testing that will limit exposure. We are working with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), which is the entity that determines which patients are tested. You may not be tested for COVID-19 depending on your symptoms and baseline health information.
IMPORTANT: The test is only available to individuals who have been screened by a provider and referred for the test. While we understand you may want to come to your local clinic, we are asking you call 320-312-2155 before arriving at JMHS to conduct this screening process and also protect patients and staff.
Based on the severity of your symptoms, your provider may ask you to stay home and isolate yourself. Please follow these recommendations MDH Self-Isolation for Individuals Being Evaluated for CoVID-19
Curbside collection for pre-screened patients
JMHS is offering curbside collection in the ER parking lot for patients with a scheduled appointment who have met pre-screening requirements. If you have symptoms of respiratory illness, or have concerns about possible exposure to COVID-19, call 320-312-2155 to speak with a health professional to ensure you are directed to the correct source of care.
Is COVID-19 testing covered by insurance?
Testing to establish the diagnosis of COVID-19 will be covered at 100 percent. All other medical treatment associated would be a covered benefit and follow an individual’s health insurance coverage. Please check your Summary of Benefits and Coverage for your plan details.
Following current Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines, JMHS is only able to provide COVID-19 testing to hospitalized patients, healthcare workers, and communal living residents (i.e. Care Center residents). Currently, we are screening patients for influenza who have upper respiratory symptoms that fit COVID-19 screening criteria. The cost of this screening and any other medical treatment associated would follow an individual’s active health insurance coverage. Please check your Summary of Benefits and Coverage for your plan details.
I don’t think I have COVID-19, but I have another appointment scheduled, should I still plan to visit my clinic?
We are rescheduling the majority of routine visits. If you are unsure if you should come to any scheduled visit, please call your providers nurse at 320-769-4393.
As COVID-19 evolves and spreads, JMHS is taking precautions to protect our patients, residents, tenants, and staff. Following CDC recommendations, JMHS has closed the Boyd Clinic and the Care Center, Assisted Living, and Hospital to visitors. JMHS is limiting visitors into the campus to combat the spread of the disease and protect the health and welfare of our residents, tenants, and patients. In addition, JMHS is requiring all employees to be screened each day before they begin work.
Anyone coming to JMHS will be screened for respiratory symptoms and fever at the front Clinic/Hospital Entrance. Do NOT come in person to the clinic or the emergency room, if you are experiencing fever of or over 100.4 degrees, cough, shortness of breath, or fatigue and have traveled in the last 14 days, or if you have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 please call 320-312-2155.
What you can do to avoid exposure
Community members should prepare by learning about COVID-19 through reliable resources provided by the CDC and staying calm. The CDC and MDH always recommend everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and rub your hands together until they are dry.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash; or cough into the crook of your arm.
- Regular household cleaning spray or wipes can be used to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- CDC and MDH do not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of harsh cough, shortness of breath, or fever to help prevent the spread of diseases.
Facts About COVID-19
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. People with COVID-19 experience mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. According to the CDC:
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Spread primarily occurs person to person who are in prolonged personal contact with each other.
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes (within about 6 feet).
- Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects may be possible
- By touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
- This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
People at greatest risk of dying from COVID-19 include:
- people with chronic conditions like diabetes, COPD, underlying heart and lung diseases, or other immune compromising conditions,
- the elderly, and