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Essentia Health restricting hospital visitors at St. Joseph’s Medical Center

With the significant growth of COVID-19 cases in our communities, Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center isrestricting visitors of hospitalized patients. Like other health care systems across the state and beyond, Essentia is taking this step to keep patients and staff safe during a time of high community prevalence. Visitors will not be allowed at the hospital except in special circumstances and at the discretion of care teams.

Hospitalized patients with COVID or suspected of having COVID will not be allowed visitors except for pediatric patients, patients for whom a support person has been deemed essential, obstetric patients and patients receiving end-of-life care.

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Essentia Health allows patients to initiate COVID-19 test

Essentia Health has launched a new feature making it easier and more convenient to schedule a COVID-19 test. This new option is one more way Essentia Health is working to ensure the health and safety of our patients, staff and communities.

Patient-initiated testing, which means a patient can determine for themselves that they want to be tested for COVID-19, can be accessed through the COVID Testing icon in MyChart/MyHealth on any smart device.

MyChart/MyHealth is a secure web-based or mobile application tool that provides convenient, 24/7 access to your personal health. It allows you to communicate with your care team, access portions of your medical records and much more.

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DO YOU SEW? LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICE NEEDS YOUR TALENTS

Mailing and drop-off locations established for protective face masks
If you have sewing skills, your talents are needed. Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) is inviting Minnesotans to sew protective face masks to protect against sneezes and coughs to help safeguard people supported by the organization, employees and volunteers.

“We are so grateful for the masks we have received from the community,” said Julie Wright, director of Church Partnerships and Volunteer Services. “Many more are still needed.”

Wright said that the organization is seeking several thousand protective masks. As an essential provider, Lutheran Social Service supports one in 65 Minnesotans including people with disabilities, youth experiencing homelessness, older Minnesotans, families experiencing job loss and many others with critical needs.

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