Do you have symptoms of COVID-19?
Are you experiencing fever, cough, and shortness of breath? If you think you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or exposure, please stay at home to protect yourself and others. The best first step is one of our remote resources:
- Engage with our symptom checker chat box. Get your questions answered and be routed to the right care for your unique situation from this page.
CHI St. Joseph’s Health is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). COVID-19 is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus that has not been found in people before. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
CHI St. Joseph’s Health has developed a task force that meets regularly to examine and work on preparations regarding the coronavirus, modifying plans based on cases that may develop by using recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). To protect the health and safety of our patients and staff, CHI St. Joseph’s Health has made the decision to institute a limited visitor policy. Please refer to the Visitor Policy Guidelines below, which are specific depending on procedure type. We will make every effort to facilitate communication with the family or caregiver on a regular basis regarding the plan of care and discharge needs. Family and friends are encouraged to use alternative methods of communication with patients such as phone calls, Facetime, Skype or other digital methods. Please recognize that these restrictions are meant to protect the entire community. Other measures will be taken across departments at CHI St. Joseph’s Health so that we may continue to provide high quality care and protect the health and safety of our patients and staff.
Watch for symptoms
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
When to see a doctor
If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.
Where to get tested
Visitor Policy Guidelines
- Adult Inpatients: Will be allowed one adult visitor per day.
- Pediatric Inpatients: One adult visitor will be allowed per patient. A parent is allowed to stay overnight with their child per routine policy.
- Emergency Department: One adult visitor allowed with each ED patient.
- Labor and Delivery Patients: One adult visitor will be allowed per patient.
- Newborns: One infant-ID-banded adult in addition to the mother may visit a newborn. Exceptions may be made for compassionate care.
- Orthopedic Clinic, Imaging, Lab, Rehab Outpatients: Patients are asked to come to these appointments alone unless a single individual is required for communication or mobility issues.
- Surgery: Patients who are receiving anesthesia or conscious sedation may have one adult visitor.
- COVID-19 Positive or Persons Under Investigation (PUI): These patients will not have visitors. If a PUI tests negative for COVID-19 the interim inpatient visiting guidelines apply. If visitation is approved by the healthcare team in the event of a compassionate care need for a COVID-19 patient visits will be controlled to allow for
- An evaluation of the risk to the health of the visitor and their ability to comply with precautions
- Instruction before the visitor enters the patient’s room on hand hygiene, limiting the surfaced touched and the use of PPE. Donning and doffing of PPE will be supervised by clinical staff.
- Visitors should not be present during an aerosolizing procedure
- Visitors can only be in the patient room and cannot go to other areas of the facility.
*All visitors are to wear a mask while in the facility.
If you have questions about coronavirus, call the MDH COVID-19 hotline: 651-201-3920.
For information regarding COVID-19, please refer to the following web resources:
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html and Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19
- Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) – https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
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