Message from SCMC Chief of Staff, Dr. Jason Huikko
6/8/2020: SCMC continues to move towards returning to more normal operations with the recent resumption of some elective procedures. We continue to strive to keep our patients and staff safe and we need to keep the following measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Screening of everyone entering the building for symptoms of COVID-19
- Visitor restrictions within the hospital, we also encourage patients to limit the number of people coming to an appointment to the fewest number possible.
- Social distancing remains important, we have set up our waiting rooms to meet this need. To reduce the number of people in our waiting areas we encourage patients to show up no more than 15 minutes before their appointment and have instructed staff to room patients as quickly as possible to help reduce the number of people in waiting areas.
- All patients that are admitted or have an elective procedure will be tested for COVID-19.
- Wearing a mask is a requirement. All patients and staff wear a mask (universal masking) as there is some evidence that this may reduce the spread of the virus. Additionally, the MN Department of Health requires facilities to have universal masking in place. It may not always be comfortable but if doing so reduces the spread of the virus then we must make this small sacrifice for the community.
SCMC has also made some temporary changes regarding the operation of our weekend urgent care and respiratory clinic while we work on longer term solutions. We need patients to call 320-589-1313 to be placed on the appropriate schedule. Callers will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and provided a time to be seen based on the screening results. Patients without COVID-19 symptoms will be scheduled to be seen between 9am-11am. Patients with COVID type symptoms will be scheduled to be seen between 11:30am-12:30pm. 24 hours emergency care continues to be available.
Thank you again for everyone's patience and understanding as we continue to adapt to this pandemic.
-Jason Huikko, M.D.