Hutchinson Health and HealthPartners announced this week that it is taking additional steps to slow the spread of COVID-19.
No visitors will be allowed in the facility, with the following exceptions:
- Parents and/or legal guardiasn of a newborns, special care nursery patients and pediatric patients,
- birth center patients can have one support person
- compassionate care patient visitors are at the hospital's discretion
All visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who is sick will not be allowed to visit. The use of phone calls and applications such as Skype and FaceTime is encouraged.
Based on recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health in response to a national shortage of COVID-19 testing materials, HealthPartners and Hutchinson Health is suspending testing in the ambulatory clinics, urgent cares and emergency centers for patients not requiring hospitalization.
Elective surgeries, procedures and non-essential radiology services will be postponed through April 3. NO surgeries will be scheduled until after April 27.
Non-emergency dental appointments that were scheduled March 17-29 will be postponed. For emergency procedures, dentists will evaluate a patient’s needs by phone and determine if the patient should be referred to a clinic for emergency care.
Some routine office visits will be covered with phone calls or rescheduled.
Their emergency rooms don’t have the ability to handle COVID-19 testing unless patients require hospitalization.
Updates will be provided as they become available. Visit hutchhealth.com to learn more.