Archives for April 2020

[WCCO-TV, April 30, 2020]   As you might imagine virtual doctor visits have taken off since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. What wasn’t expected is just how much they’ve changed the health care landscape At Allina Health, two months ago they were doing 20 to 30 virtual visits a day.
April 30, 2020
[Hearst News, April 30, 2020]   As hospitals nationwide braced for a surge of COVID-19 cases, other patients seemingly disappeared. Patients are wondering whether it's still safe to go to the hospital if you have an emergency not related to COVID-19.
April 30, 2020
[KMSP Fox 9, April 29, 2020]   Doctors in Minnesota are re-thinking the rush to put COVID-19 patients on ventilators as they learn more about what the virus does to the body. In fact, they're using the equipment now as a last-ditch option.
April 29, 2020
[Star Tribune, April 29, 2020]   Tim Sielaff, MD, PhD Chief Medical Officer Allina Health Delays of nonessential surgeries in Minnesota have caused anxious waits for patients needing treatments that sound a lot more serious than the word “elective” might imply. The good news, doctors say, is a delay in the surge of COVID patients combined with an increase in testing capabilities is creating a chance to get more procedures done in the near term.
April 29, 2020
[WCCO-TV, April 28, 2020]   State Health officials say Minnesota can currently test roughly 2,400 patients a day for suspected COVID-19. That number is up from 927 tests per day a week ago — and the goal is to increase testing to 5,000 a day by Monday.
April 28, 2020
[KEYC-TV, April 26, 2020]   Dr. Brian Lovig is an emergency physician at Allina Health's New Ulm Medical Center. He's also been a member of the Minnesota National Guard for 17 years.
April 26, 2020
[WCCO-TV, April 26, 2020]   Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s husband John Bessler on Sunday announced his recent participation in an experimental treatment for COVID-19 after recovering from the virus himself.
April 26, 2020
[WCCO-TV, April 25, 2020]   There's no question that dealing with the stresses of the COVID-19 quarantine are taking a toll on everybody. Allina Health psychiatrist Dr. Mary Beth Lardizabal talked with WCCO News about the best ways to handle that stress.
April 25, 2020
[WCCO, April 24, 2020]   Emily Koivisto is a critical care nurse at Allina Health's Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. It's tough work during the coronavirus pandemic.
April 24, 2020
[WCCO-TV, April 24, 2020]   With a push to increase COVID-19 testing, more and more sites are becoming available to get testing. Most anyone with a virtus symptom can now get tested, though you'll need to call ahead to make an appointment.
April 24, 2020