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What You Need to Know About COVID-19

July 31,2021 FAQ

Can I schedule a COVID swab without seeing a provider?

  • For symptomatic patients:
    • Currently we are only testing symptomatic patients with a provider visit. If you would like to see a provider, please call the appt line or visit our Walk-In-Clinic.
    • If you do not want to see a provider, there are a variety of options available for testing:
    • For asymptomatic patients:
      • Please contact your provider for an order. If you don’t have a primary provider, the above options are also available.

What can you tell me about the Delta Variant?

  • Delta is more contagious than the other virus strains and unvaccinated people are most at risk. Your best protection is to get the COVID vaccine. We have vaccine clinics scheduled for 8/11 and 8/18, if you’re interested.
  • If you have more questions, public health is a great resource. You can reach Otter Tail County Public Health at 218-998-8320 or visit their website

I want to get a vaccine. What are my options?

Can you answer my questions about if the vaccine is safe for me?

  • The American Hospital Association has a resource that answers many of the frequent concerns we hear about the vaccine. It can be found at

Where can I find information about school recommendations related to COVID for 2021-22?

The new Minnesota guidance, Best Practice Recommendations for COVID-19 Prevention in Schools for the 2021-22 School Year (PDF), can be found here. The goal is to protect students, teachers, staff, and other members of their households and promote the importance of in-person learning.


Masks are still required in healthcare settings, including all our locations. While the masking recommendation by the CDC and the Governor for vaccinated individuals in certain area has lifted, local businesses and workplaces may continue with individual requirements for masking at their discretion as well. Please be respectful of posted signs and guidelines for the places you visit.

Vaccine Information & Resources

All Minnesotans 16 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine. We have created a dedicated page for COVID-19 Vaccine information & resources and you can find it here.

Visitor Policy

As of June 6th, we have lifted most of our visitor restrictions.

  • All patients & visitors entering our facility continue to be asked COVID screening questions and are required to wear masks in the facility in accordance with CDC and MDH guidelines for healthcare settings.
  • No visitors are allowed for COVID-positive in-patients.
  • A limit of one visitor per patient at the Cancer Center.

More information for visitors can be found here.


COVID-19 Testing Prices

Saliva Testing

Where you can get MDH Saliva Testing in Minnesota

How to get the MDH Test at Home Kit

Other Helpful Resources Related to Testing

What to Do if You're Sick

Tips to remember your close contacts

What Should You Do if You Think You Have COVID-19?

Because most cases of coronavirus are able to manage and recover from the illness by staying home, resting and drinking plenty of fluids, as of today we are offering the following guidance:

  • Patients who think they may have COVID-19 are asked to call us before coming to a healthcare facility.
  • If you experience the symptoms of COVID-19 we ask you to call first for a phone consult for us to gather specific patient health history. After screening, you will be given guidance on whether to manage at home following the “Home Management Strategies” below or if appropriate, how to access testing or schedule an appointment with us.
  • If you have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting your test results, or you have received a positive test results, please follow these guidelines for self-isolation and learn more about how & when to quarantine here.

Home Management Strategies:

  • Stay home except to receive medical care.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home (preferably own bedroom and bathroom).
  • Call ahead before visiting your healthcare provider.
  • Wear a face mask if around others.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
  • Monitor your symptoms – if illness is worsening (ex: difficulty breathing), call your healthcare provider.
  • Remain on home isolation until your healthcare provider and state/local health department confirms it is safe to discontinue.

Foundation COVID-19 Relief & Response Funds

LRH Response Fund

PRHHS Response Fund

Virtual Appointments Available

Schedule or Check-In For a Virtual Visit

In The News

For recent announcements related to COVID-19 at our facility, please visit our newsroom.


Learn more about how the virus spreads here.

How to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses such as Coronavirus

    • Get the COVID-19 Vaccine.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask in certain settings or when not vaccinated or high risk, along with any state or local masking requirements.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Maintain a 6 ft. distance from others if not vaccinated.

Important Phone Numbers:

Lake Region Healthcare Fergus Falls Clinic: 218-739-2221

Lake Region Healthcare Fergus Falls Hospital (24 hours): 218-736-8000

Prairie Ridge Hospital & Health Service Elbow Lake Clinic: 218-685-7300

Prairie Ridge Hospital & Health Services Morris Clinic: 320-589-4008

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903

Otter Tail County Public Health Hotline: 218-998-8320


Resources are available to keep you up-to-date on COVID-19 and to help you reduce the risk of infection for yourself and your family.

The CDC website offers abundant, current information about COVID-19. It is updated often.

Minnesota Department of Health

Otter Tail County Public Health

OSHA Resources for Employers

Continue to visit our website and our Facebook page at We will continue to provide regular updates and new information as it becomes available.