COVID-19 Resource Hub

Testing and Questions – Specific Phone Number at Glacial Ridge:

Call the GRHS COVID-19 Hotline at 320.334.5481 for testing, screening, and further instructions.

Our hospital and clinics are safe

Routine and ongoing care shouldn’t wait. Our staff is committed to ensuring that Glacial Ridge Health System facilities continue to be safe places to work and receive medical care. We’ve implemented a number safety protocols at Glacial Ridge clinics and hospital as well as additional safety measures for elective surgeries. We follow all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommendations for safe, optimal care.

All patients, guests, and employees are screened daily and required to wear a mask. A disposable mask will be provided for you to keep if you do not have one. Wearing a mask during your entire time within our buildings is necessary for source control.

COVID-19 Symptoms and Care

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

COVID-19 symptoms have ranged from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

Any of these symptoms may indicate COVID-19 if they began or are worsening within the past 2 weeks:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Congestion

How do I tell the difference between a cold, flu, and COVID-19?

The common cold, influenza (flu), and COVID-19 share many symptoms. If in doubt or symptoms get worse, call your doctor immediately.

Learn more about colds, flu, and COVID-19.

What should I do if I am experiencing COVID-19 symptoms?

If you are feeling ill with the COVID-19 symptoms below or have had exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, please call the 24-hour GRHS COVID-19 Hotline at 320.334.5481 for screening, testing, and further instructions. Get tested as soon as you have symptoms and quarantine yourself from others while awaiting results.

Call 911 if you are experiencing any of these emergency warning signs:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Not able to be woken or stay awake

How do I treat COVID-19?

Most people can recover at home and do not need medical attention. However, healthcare providers may recommend you receive an antibody treatment. These medications are available at GRHS and are given to patients who test positive for COVID-19 during a scheduled visit or during hospitalization.

Monoclonal antibodies are also available for people meeting the criteria for close contact with someone positive for COVID-19.

Contact your primary provider for more information. Learn more about all AVAILABLE COVID-19 TREATMENT OPTIONS.

Monoclonal Antibodies for Treatment and Prevention

This treatment is available at hospitals, including Glacial Ridge in Glenwood, and could help the immune system recognize and respond more effectively to the virus. These are scheduled appointments.

  • For non-hospitalized COVID-19 positive patients with mild to moderate symptoms, antibodies may reduce the risk of illness progression leading to hospitalization or death.
  • Monoclonal antibodies are also available for people who have had close contact with a COVID-19 positive person to help prevent them from getting COVID-19 and reduce the severity of illness if contracted.

It is important to know that if you have already received a vaccine for COVID-19, you are still eligible for antibody treatment. A healthcare provider’s referral is necessary for people meeting the FDA – EAU criteria for monoclonal antibodies. There is no cost for the antibodies themselves, but many facilities do charge for the infusion (giving the treatment by IV). Medicare and many large private insurance plans cover all costs, but you should check with yours.

Treatment Options for Hospitalized Patients

Convalescent plasma, antiviral treatments, and other medications are available to help hospitalized patients with moderate to severe illness from COVID-19.

These are available to patients at Glacial Ridge Hospital with a provider’s order.

COVID-19 Testing

How can I get tested for COVID-19?

COVID-19 testing is available for symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. Call the GRHS COVID-19 Hotline at 320.334.5481 for screening and further instructions.

Can I test negative and later test positive for COVID-19?

Yes, it is possible. You may test negative if the sample was collected early in your infection and test positive later during this illness. You could also be exposed to COVID-19 after the test and get infected then. Even if you test negative, you still should take steps to protect yourself and others. See Testing for Current Infection for more information.

Where can I find more information about testing?

Visit MDH’s Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Testing.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Visit our COVID-19 Vaccination Information page to learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations at Glacial Ridge.

For general inquiries, click on the Contact Us button below.