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[WCCO-TV, March 25, 2020]   Hospitals are concerned about their ability to handle the expected surge in COVID-19 patients that everyone fears is coming. At Allina Health's Abbott Northwestern Hospital , they have, in a matter of days, quadrupled the number of intensive care beds that could accept those patients.
March 25, 2020
[KSTP TV, March 25, 2020]   From her home office, Dr. Cheryl Bemel , a psychologist with Allina Health, is continuing to see patients, just in a different way now. "I use a headset when I’m speaking to them so it’s actually like a virtual TV show where they see me in real time, and I see them in real time," Bemel explained.
March 25, 2020
[WCCO-TV, March 25, 2020]   There is good that’s coming from the current state of isolation. Allina Health psychiatrist Dr. Cheryl Bemel says tools video conferencing are good for mental health.
March 25, 2020
[New York Times, March 25, 2020]   Many of the finished masks are going into the Allina Health network of hospitals and clinics in Minnesota, said Helen Strike, who is in charge of Allina’s coronavirus response. She said she worried that the hospital network’s mask supplies could be depleted as the virus spread in Minnesota.
March 25, 2020
[Bloomberg Radio, March 24, 2020]   Allina Health president and CEO Dr. Penny Wheeler talked with Bloomberg Radio about the status of COVID-19 in our service area and what healthcare systems need to wage a successful battle against the virus.
March 24, 2020
[KSTP TV, March 23, 2020]   Health systems including Allina Health have asked the public to make and donate handmade face masks because of a shortage of manufactured face masks. But some have questioned whether handmade face masks are effective.
March 23, 2020
[Pioneer Press, March 23, 2020]   In addition to new rules for labor and delivery, pregnant women face changes to clinic visits, in-person access to their doctors and midwives, baby shower cancellations due to social-distancing, and rigid guidelines for keeping themselves and their newborns safe after birth. The changes, and the awareness that more restrictions could be coming, have brought anxiety, disappointment and sadness for many new parents as they lose even more control over a situation where already have little control to begin with, according to local ob-gyns, midwives and other medical professionals.
March 23, 2020
[KMSP Fox 9, March 23, 2020]   The information about the COVID-19 virus is rapidly changing. This morning Allina Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tim Sielaff talked to Fox 9 News about the latest.
March 23, 2020
[KMSP Fox 9, March 22, 2020]   Heeding the call from Allina Health for donations of face masks , manufactured and handmade, members of the public Sunday started dropping off thousands of masks at Allina Health hospital throughout the region. Minnesota Public Radio News and WCCO-TV also reported on the collection effort.
March 22, 2020
[KMSP Fox 9, March 22, 2020]   Allina Health Lab pathologist Dr. Lauren Anthony updated Fox 9 News about COVID-19 testing, the need for homemade face masks and the blood shortage.
March 22, 2020