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UPDATED: March 16, 2020

At River’s Edge Hospital, the care and health of our employees, patients and their families is our highest priority at all times.

We understand you may have questions regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) and the prevention and preparedness steps that we are taking.

We all have a role to play in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.  All Minnesotans are encouraged to make healthy choices such as washing hands frequently with soap and water, using hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol, practicing social distancing, and staying home when sick.

While COVID-19 is on the top of everyone’s mind, it is important to remember that it is still Influenza season and is still widespread in our area.  Symptoms of COVID-19 and Influenza are similar and we ask that if you are concerned about your symptoms that you call 507-931-2200 before coming to the hospital so staff can prepare for your visit. 

Q.  Can I visit my friend/family member at River’s Edge Hospital?

A.  For the safety of our patients and employees, we are CLOSING visitor hours for inpatients at River’s Edge Hospital.  All patients –  inpatients, Emergency Department, Urgent Care, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Laboratory, Imaging, Outpatient Surgery,  Infusion Therapy, and Cardiac Rehab patients will be allowed ONE support person to be in the hospital room during this time.

If the support person has any respiratory symptoms, have traveled within the last 14 days to areas where COVID-19 is prevalent, or have had possible exposure to COVID-19, we ask that they refrain from visiting in the hospital.  We would encourage family and friends to continue communicating with patients by video chat, phone, text and email.

  • We have not issued “no visitors” policies in the past.  As a hospital, River’s Edge considers community health a priority in outbreak situations and will follow the guidance from our local healthcare partners.

Q.  What is River’s Edge Hospital doing to prepare for any incidence of Coronavirus/COVID-19?

A.  River’s Edge Hospital has a long-standing history of managing health care concerns.  At the present time we are actively following our established protocols for infection control, continually training on these protocols and staying nimble to adjust as needed should new prevention and containment measures be identified.

COVID-19 Actions:

River’s Edge Hospital will not be doing routine screening or patient requested COVID-19 (the illness caused by coronavirus) test in its Urgent Care or Emergency Department.  Testing will be done only on those individuals who have a fever or cough AND have traveled to areas where COVID-19 is prevalent or have been in close contact with others who have traveled within 14 days to areas where COVID-19 is prevalent.

We would ask that you call ahead so we can be prepared for you when you arrive.  Please call 507-931-2200 for assistance.


DATED March 13, 2020, 2:17 p.m. Updated FAQ will appear at the top of the FAQ section.

At River’s Edge Hospital, the care and health of our employees, patients and their families is our highest priority at all times.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness in people caused by a new virus. It can spread from person to person. Since this is a new virus, there are still things we do not know, but are learning more about COVID-19 each day. The Minnesota Department of Health and River’s Edge Hospital is taking this seriously and planning for cases.

Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 should stay home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.

You can call River’s Edge at 931-2200 if you need to seek medical care (see FAQ below).

The best ways to protect yourself from COVID-19 are to do the same things you do to protect yourself from colds and flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

We understand you may have questions regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) and the prevention and preparedness steps that we are taking.

Q: Can I come to the hospital and request COVID-19 testing?

A: No, we are not providing prophylactic testing. If you have fever, cough AND have traveled to a prevalent area or have been exposed to someone positive for COVID-19, or someone who has traveled to prevalent areas then you would want to follow up with primary care provider. If you are experiencing shortness of breath and/or require Emergency care you can come in and be evaluated and ONLY if you show positive screen w/ symptoms would we test.  River’s Edge Hospital is not running the test – we are only collecting the samples. All samples collected for COVID-19 will be sent out to be completed.

Q. What is River’s Edge Hospital doing to prepare for any incidence of Coronavirus/COVID-19?

A. River’s Edge Hospital has a long-standing history of managing health care concerns. At the present time we are actively following our established protocols for infection control, continually training on these protocols and staying nimble to adjust as needed should new prevention and containment measures be identified.

COVID-19 Actions:

  • We have a dedicated team of interdisciplinary experts including some with many years of experience in emergency management and response, infection control and prevention, as well as clinicians and other health care professionals.
  • We continue to monitor and follow the guidelines specific to COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and our local and state health agencies.
  • We have heightened our cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
  • We continue to actively monitor and report respiratory illnesses across our organization.
  • We have instituted monitoring of employees who have traveled to areas where COVID-19 is prevalent or have been in close contact with others who have traveled to areas where COVID-19 is prevalent.
  • We will be posting signs asking individuals who are sick, who have traveled within the last 14 days to areas where COVID-19 is prevalent, or who may have been in contact with someone that has been infected by or exposed to COVID-19, to refrain from visiting patients in the hospital.
  • We are asking all visitors to wash their hands.
  • We are sharing updated information on COVID-19 with our patients, families, and employees.
  • We have an emergency operation plan that will be put into place should we need to implement it.

Q. Would you ever implement a “no visitors” policy?
A. For the safety of our patients and employees, we are requesting that necessary visitors enter the building between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. If visitors have any respiratory symptoms have traveled within the last 14 days to areas where COVID-19 is prevalent, or have had possible exposure to COVID-19, we ask that they refrain from visiting in the hospital. We would encourage family and friends to continue communicating with patients by video chat, phone, text and email.
We have not issued “no visitors” policies in the past. As a hospital, River’s Edge considers community health a priority in outbreak situations and will follow the guidance from our local healthcare partners.

Q. Should I call ahead if I feel like I need to be seen for my symptoms?

A. If you have a fever or cough AND have traveled to areas where COVID-19 is prevalent or have been in close contact with others who have traveled to areas where COVID-19 is prevalent within 14 days, we would ask that you call ahead so we can be prepared for you when you arrive. Please call 507-931-2200 for assistance.

Q. How will I know if there is an occurrence of COVID-19 at River’s Edge Hospital?

A. We are committed to communicating any incidence of the virus in our facility. We will notify our employees and volunteers. We will also be in close communication with our local and state health agencies. To protect the privacy of our patients, any public notification would come from state health agencies.

Q. Do you have adequate staff and equipment to care for patients if there is an outbreak for COVID-19?

A. At this time, we have the appropriate staffing and supplies to care for our patients and we have strategies in place should this become an issue of concern. We will ensure both adequate protective equipment and consistent care for our patients.

Q. Will you stop performing elective orthopedic surgeries?

A. At this time, we have not identified the need to stop performing surgeries. We will work closely with our clinicians and other health care professionals to determine specific criteria that would help us make that decision. At this time, we have the appropriate staffing, supplies and infection control practices in place to ensure safe care for all of our patients.
Any patients scheduled for surgery that have traveled to areas where COVID-19 is prevalent or have been in close contact with others who have traveled to areas where COVID-19 is prevalent within 14 days of their scheduled surgeries should report any fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms to their health care providers to determine if they are appropriate candidates for surgery.

Q. Do I need to cancel my outpatient therapy, lab, x-ray appointments?

A. At this time, River’s Edge Hospital will continue to provide all usual services. We will be happy to see you for all scheduled appointments, and will continue to schedule future appointments. For the safety of our patients and employees, if you have a fever or cough AND have traveled to areas where COVID-19 is prevalent or have been in close contact with others who have traveled to areas where COVID-19 is prevalent within 14 days, we would ask that you reschedule your appointment. Please call 507-931-2200 for assistance.

We encourage you to refer to trusted resources for the most recent official updates on COVID-19. Please feel free to reach out with any additional questions that you might have.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Minnesota Department of Health: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html