Voyage Healthcare now offers an Acute Illness Clinic within our Osseo office and will no longer be seeing patients in the tents in the Osseo parking lot. This transition is occurring as a way to protect our Providers and Staff from the summer weather/heat, as well as a way to provide our patients with a more thorough exam.
Although it has just been 5 weeks since the United States went into quarantine, it seems much longer for hospitals and clinics that are not only trying to care for both Covid and non-Covid patients but also attempting to secure supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) for their health care workers. Hospitals have first priority for masks, leaving clinics woefully under-supplied. Luckily, I am part of a large group of women who volunteer their sewing skills to create reusable menstrual pads for distribution in developing world countries. We repurposed the cotton used in the construction of the Days for Girls menstrual kits to make fabric masks. Other groups throughout the city had the same idea and soon elastic for the ear loops was difficult to obtain.
We at Voyage Healthcare know that you are concerned about COVID-19. While we don’t have testing available, due to lack of supplies nationwide, we do want to take care of you, if you have concerns regarding possible upper respiratory infections. Call our Coronavirus Hotline at 763-587-7900 (press 5 when prompted) and one of our nurses or advance practice providers will triage you over the phone.
Please note the following recommendations and policy updates.
1. One Visitor per Patient: Effective immediately, for the safety of our patients and staff, NO visitors are allowed in the clinic.
- ONE visitor is allowed to accompany patient to a 1st trimester dating/viability appointment.
- ONE visitor is allowed to accompany the patient to an ultrasound appointment for 20-week OB ultrasound appointments.
- BOTH parents are allowed for newborn appointments.
2. We recommend wearing a mask to your appointment (as well as your accompanying visitor).
3. Starting May 4, 2020, all patients admitted to the hospital or admitted for labor and delivery, will be tested for the rapid COVID-19 virus. The test will provide a result within 2 hours; this testing is to help determine appropriate personal protective equipment for providers while taking care of patients in the hospital. The COVID 19 testing in no way will testing impact a patient’s obstetrical care.
4. You may want to discuss with your employer your options for not working or working exclusively from home during the last 2-3 weeks of your pregnancy. This would be to reduce chances of infection during labor and delivery.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new illness that affects the lungs and breathing. It is caused by a new coronavirus. The majority of persons experience mild to moderate symptoms, but 5% may require critical care and admission to a hospital. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after you are exposed to the virus.