COVID-19

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Meta-analysis from researchers at the University of California San Francisco, as reported by the University’s website, indicates an association between smoking and progression of COVID-19 infection. This study was recently a topic of discussion at a Mille Lacs Area Partners for Prevention me…

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At Mille Lacs Health System, 84 COVID-19 tests have been done so far and as of Monday, May 18, 83 tests have been negative, and one test was positive. The infection preventionist for MLHS will be doing the internal contact tracing investigation and will be communicating with the Minnesota De…

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“People have to look at the bigger picture,” said Dr. Tom Bracken, Infection Prevention Medical Director for MLHS. “If you live in New York City, your life looks very different than if you’re in the middle of Nebraska. But anything could change for any of us, at any time. Stearns county is e…

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Essentia Health has begun serology testing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Friday, April 24, 2020 serology testing is available at Essentia Health. These tests will be sent to Mayo Clinic Laboratories for processing. Work is being done to also have processing capacity within an Essentia He…

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“When you hear people say this is just like a bad flu, that is not true,” said Dr. Tom Bracken, Infection Prevention Medical Director for Mille Lacs Health System, about the current COVID-19 pandemic. “People are using number of deaths as a comparison, yet we already have exceeded the number…

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Some Mille Lacs County residents have recently expressed concern over local hospitals prioritizing healthy individuals over patients with other health conditions should they come to the hospital to be treated for COVID-19. Another concern expressed was when the hospitals would be opened up f…

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This is an informational tool to help patients understand MLHS’s COVID-19 testing procedures and also what plans MLHS has for surge (an influx of patients), and patient care. Do understand, however, that any of this could be modified and adjusted as the situation changes.

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“So far, we have been relying on data, science, and experts to flatten the curve,” Dr. Tom Bracken, Infection Prevention Medical Director for Mille Lacs Health System, said. “They continue to review what they have been doing, and they have adapted when they needed to change. That’s what we a…

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“We have to be deliberate in all our actions,” Mille Lacs Health System Infection Prevention Medical Director Dr. Tom Bracken said at a recent Incident Command meeting at MLHS. “It means really putting thought into everything we all do. That includes keeping a safe 6-foot distance from one a…

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Mille Lacs Health System is continuing its preparation and training to deal with the COVID-19 situation in the Mille Lacs area. As of Monday, March 30, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Mille Lacs County.

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Following similar declarations by President Donald Trump and Governor Tim Walz within the last two weeks, the Isle City Council convened on Thursday, March 26, and Mayor Rodney Schultz issued a mayoral proclamation declaring a local emergency due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. The counci…

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Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, issued the following statement regarding Thursday’s passage of HF4531. The bill includes numerous special provisions designed to assist Minnesotan’s as we battle through the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation authorizes up to $330.6 million in special funding to pr…

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Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin signed Executive Order 2020-05 yesterday issuing a “stay at home” order for all tribal members living within the Mille Lacs Band Reservation and on federal trust lands under the Band’s jurisdiction.

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Following similar declarations by President Donald Trump and Governor Tim Walz within the last two weeks, the Isle City Council convened on Thursday, March 26, and Mayor Rodney Schultz issued a mayoral proclamation declaring a local emergency due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. The counci…

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In lieu of their original agenda for the month of March, the Isle School Board gathered on Monday, March 16 to host a roundtable with representatives across the school’s staff with the purpose of outlining a plan to address the COVID-19 pandemic. An executive order from Governor Tim Walz has…

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“We don’t know how this will play out in our area,” Dr. Tom Bracken, Infection Prevention Medical Director for Mille Lacs Health System said of the evolving COVID-19 situation and MLHs’s response to it. “But we do know that we are planning to be prepared as much as is possible.”

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Riverwood Healthcare is taking additional steps to help control the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), including doing screening for respiratory symptoms at clinic entrances, postponing routine, non-critical clinic appointments and elective surgeries, and offering phone appointments with heal…

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To protect the public’s health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, Crow Wing County staff are asking residents for help in donating any extra masks, gloves or hand sanitizer residents may have to spare. There is a drop box outside of the front entrance of the Community Services bu…

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We know these are trying times for everyone and accurate, timely information is important for you and your family. As part of our ongoing coverage of COVID-19, we have created this page that allows you to see all the stories that have been posted to date.

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As part of our ongoing coverage of coronavirus, we have created a tab in our navigation bar that allows you to see all the stories that have been posted to date. You can also click the link here "Coronavirus" to see those stories.

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Panic and self-preservation are natural reactions when our environment is disrupted with something unusual or disturbing, and perhaps more so in a society that is built on the concept of competition in so many areas of our lives.

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The Mille Lacs Health System COVID-19 Taskforce meets daily, and these updates are current as of March 16, 2020. As of that date, there were no cases of COVID-19 in our area.

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“We have to be prepared that someone could walk in here tomorrow and need care. We need to be ready for that,” said Dr. Thomas Bracken, Infection Prevention Medical Director for Mille Lacs Health System. Bracken started the discussion with key Mille Lacs Health System staff who gathered last…