GRHS COVID-19 Updates: Vigilance, Vaccine, and Testing Information

GRHS COVID-19 Updates: Vigilance, Vaccine, and Testing Information

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With warmer weather and less than two months of the school year remaining, everyone is looking forward to a spring that contrasts last year’s. However, with the trending increase in COVID-19 positive cases in Pope County, it is important not to get ahead of ourselves. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine and continuing with preventative measures is crucial to avoiding another spike in cases. The COVID-19 vaccine is widely available in our area at this time for all Minnesotans 16 years of age and older.  Using the new, vaccine-specific phone number for Glenwood Medical Center is quick for you and helps open up the lines for other patients contacting the clinic.

New Vaccine-Specific Phone Number at Glacial Ridge

Sign up within a minute. Call Glenwood Medical Center’s specific COVID Vaccination Line at 320.331.2121 to be put on the list for vaccination. 

Glenwood Medical Center is scheduling appointments weekly. As soon as there is an appointment available, we will call you directly to schedule. The vaccine is provided at no cost; insurance information is obtained to help cover the administration fee, and identification is required at check-in.

Why get vaccinated?

You get vaccines to prevent you from getting an illness. An example of this is the flu vaccine. Vaccines help your body build up the ability to fight off a virus. A vaccine may not prevent you from getting the COVID-19 virus, but if you do get it, the vaccination will very likely keep you from becoming seriously ill. It may keep you from developing complications due to the illness – and that may be a lifesaving benefit of the vaccine.

While spring fever has hit, remain vigilant during this time to slow the spread of more COVID-19 cases. Keep in mind that, generally speaking, the more people you interact with, factoring in how close you interact with them and the length of time, the higher your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19.

Maintain Vigilance

Yes, even if you get vaccinated, we recommend you continue with the other prevention measures you’ve been doing. Many people in our state will need to wait months to get the vaccine, and masks and other prevention measures are still recommended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to people who are not yet vaccinated. Continue to properly wear a mask that fits well and maintain physical distance from other people when you are in public. As always, wash your hands or often, and stay home if you are sick.

COVID-19 Testing Phone Number at Glacial Ridge

If you are feeling ill with the COVID-19 symptoms or have had exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, please call our 24-hour GRHS COVID-19 Hotline at 320.334.5481 for screening and further instructions.