COVID-19 Coronavirus symptoms: What you should do
If you have any of these symptoms:
- Fever over 100.4
- Sore throat
CALL your clinic and a triage nurse will discuss your symptoms with you and direct you where to go if you need to be seen.
- Individuals with undiagnosed fever, cough, shortness of breath should ALL self-quarantine for 7 days after they first become ill – or for 72 hours after symptoms improve and they are fever-free without medications – whichever is longer
- Anyone with symptoms should isolate themselves from household members and intimate contacts
- Household members and intimate contacts should limit their own contact with others, and monitor for symptoms
CALL your provider if you:
- Have trouble breathing
- Are unable to drink fluids
- Are elderly with significant weakness
- Have a very high fever
- Have a fever that gets better, then suddenly worsens, especially with an increased cough
- Have pain or pressure in the chest or belly
- Have sudden dizziness
- Have confusion
- Have severe or repeated vomiting
- Have severe dehydration
These symptoms should be seen by your provider or the Emergency Department.
This is especially important for those at high risk for influenza complications: Over 65; pregnant or delivered in the past two weeks; have chronic health condition or weakened immune system.
Please CALL your provider or the Emergency Department and tell them the details of your illness before coming to the clinic or Emergency Department. Northfield Hospital Emergency Department: 507-646-1100
Other symptoms? Mild fever, cough, runny nose, body aches, fatigue . . . treat these at home:
- Drink lots of fluids
- Take medicine to reduce fever
- Stay away from others
Staying home helps prevent the spread of germs to other people.
Contacting Your Provider
Visitors NOT allowed
- Long Term Care Center - NO VISITORS at this time.
- Hospital Visitors - NO VISITORS at this time. Compassionate exemptions will be allowed; this is decided case-by-case by the care team.
- Birth Center - Women giving birth in the Birth Center may have ONE support person who is over 18 and symptom-free. Women may choose their partner or a doula. (A doula is not considered part of the medical team.) If the parent of the child being born is under 18, that parent may attend the delivery. Must be symptom-free.
- Clinics - All clinic appointments for adult patients are restricted to the patient ONLY. Pediatric clinic appointments are restricted to only one parent/caregiver and no siblings.
- Ambulance - No one is permitted to ride with the patient in an ambulance. This is intended to prevent exposure of EMS crew and the ambulance itself to coronavirus, and not strand visitors at the hospital, where visitors are not allowed.
- Students/Volunteers - No student or volunteer opportunities until further notice (new clinical rotations, observation, shadowing, volunteering). If you are in a clinical rotation now, contact your preceptor.
- Clinics in Farmington, Northfield and Faribault Clinics remain open for patients who need to be seen for health issues other than COVID-19 (coronavirus).
- The Lakeville Clinic + Urgent Care is closed. Lakeville patients can be seen in Farmington by their Lakeville provider.
- The Lonsdale Clinic is closed. Lonsdale patients can be seen in Northfield by their Lonsdale provider.
- The Express Care Clinic is temporarily closed.
- Frequently Asked Questions About Pregnancy and Labor and Delivery
- NH+C News Articles
- Want to Help? Stay Home. Want to Donate? Email Us - March 23
- No Visitors Allowed - March 20
- NH+C Temporarily Closes Clinics - March 20
- NH+C Suspends Elective Surgeries - March 20
- First Case of COVID-19 in Rice County: What It Means for You - March 20
- Steve Underdahl, CEO, speaks on KYMN Radio COVID19 Update
- Express Care Clinic Temporarily Closed - March 19
- NH+C Restricts Visitors - March 19
- MDH limits COVID-19 testing - March 17
- NH+C opens temporary respiratory clinic - March 17
- MN adopts community-level restrictions to slow COVID-19 - March 14
- HealthFinders Coronavirus info in Spanish and Somali - https://healthfindersmn.org/coronavirus/
- Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) - https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - https://www.cdc.gov
- Dakota County Public Health has launched a COVID-19 hotline to answer questions residents have about coronavirus. Call 952-891-7834 Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Auxiliary Book Fair has been cancelled. Please see the Calendar for information on support groups, classes and events.