Mayo Clinic stepping up in coronavirus storm
The past few days have been challenging to say the least in keeping our readers informed of perhaps the greatest crisis of the modern age.
Information is constantly changing and new twists and turns are coming at every angle. It seems what had been addressed one hour is changing the next. It’s a struggle for us to keep up with everything and to provide you with factual information that will benefit your life.
In the midst of the coronavirus storm, a piece of good news came out Monday morning.
Dr. Brian Bunkers, president and CEO of Mayo Health System in Owatonna and Faribault, delivered the news that Mayo has the capacity to do testing on a much broader scale locally.
In making the announcement, Bunkers stressed that patients cannot self-refer to be tested, but rather must go through the phone triage line first. To get tested, patients must call the clinic first. From there, it will be determined if testing is needed and they will be instructed on where to go for testing.
About 150 tests will be available per day at the Owatonna clinic.
Besides the tests, Mayo has taken some other steps. Visitor restrictions went into place Monday as well in an effort to limit risk and spread.
Mayo is in the process of cancelling elective surgeries for the time being. Mayo is also working closely with school districts to correctly identify health care workers who live in our communities and will need to use school-based child care during the school shut down.
Public Health Director Amy Caron, who serves both Steele and Dodge counties, made a passionate plea to the public on Monday. She stressed the importance of everyone practicing social distancing of 3-6 feet. “Do not gather in groups of people,” she emphasizes. “We’ve even instructed our own staff to do this.”
As we head into unchartered territory, just remember to remain calm and don’t panic. Anything other is not going to do anybody any good. This is certainly an unprecedented time in our country. Together we will survive this scare and come out stronger than ever before.
Help your friends, neighbors and relatives and go in hot pursuit of keeping the coronavirus at bay in your life.