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Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases, such as MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). Coronaviruses are transmitted between animals and people. The new strain is called COVID-19 acute respiratory disease (novel coronavirus),

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Belle Plaine changing COVID-19 testing protocols

Testing for COVID-19 in Belle Plaine will be by appointment only beginning Monday, Feb. 1.

January 25, 2021
Five clinics to reopen and hospital visitor policy updates in Southwest Minnesota

We are resuming operations at five area clinics that had been closed for several weeks and updating our hospital visitor policy.  

January 15, 2021
Single testing process implemented for COVID-19, respiratory illnesses

Mayo Clinic will combine the triage and testing process for COVID-19, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), in addition to strep throat for some children.

December 8, 2020
Temporary suspension of operations at 5 clinics to support COVID-19 response

Due to Covid-19, operations at Mankato-Northridge, Le Sueur, Janesville and Waterville clinics are temporarily suspended as of Monday, Dec. 7.

December 3, 2020
COVID-19 holiday series: 5 things you can do to physically prepare for the long winter

The holiday season can be a tricky time to maintain physical health, and with COVID-19 keeping many people indoors and isolated, there are even more barriers to wellness.

November 25, 2020
Partnership with Minnesota State Mankato for hockey, student COVID-19 testing

The contract is part of a comprehensive partnership between Mayo Clinic Health System and Minnesota State Mankato, which also includes COVID-19 testing of symptomatic students.

November 19, 2020
COVID-19 holidays series: Tips for leaving home to travel during the pandemic

If you do choose to travel, it's so important to plan ahead, be vigilant and exercise caution. 

November 19, 2020
No-visitors policy for hospital, ER patients in response to COVID-19

To protect the safety of our patients and staff, patients in the emergency departments and hospitals in Mankato, New Prague, Fairmont, Waseca and St. James will no longer be allowed to have visitors.

November 12, 2020
COVID-19 holidays series: 5 things to consider before participating in group gatherings

Over the past six months, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost every aspect of people's lives, and, unfortunately, the same will be true for many this holiday season.

November 12, 2020
Elective care deferred temporarily in Northwest Wisconsin

Mayo Clinic Health System hospitals in Northwest Wisconsin are experiencing dramatic increases in COVID-19 cases and are escalating hospital surge plans to respond to the growing pandemic in the regio...

October 30, 2020
COVID-19 testing in New Prague moving to Belle Plaine

COVID-19 testing at the drive-thru location in New Prague will move to Belle Plaine, beginning Oct. 24.

October 16, 2020
COVID-19 testing in Mankato moving to Madison East Center

COVID-19 testing at the drive-thru location in Mankato's Eastridge campus will move inside of the Madison East Center, beginning Oct. 21.

October 16, 2020

From The Blog

Maintaining human connection in time of physical distancing

Connection with people is an important part of our society. Today, we are faced with a community test in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic, which challenges us to be creative in how we maintain our social connections. Here are some tips.

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham January 21, 2021

Advance directives: Always important, but especially during a pandemic

The best time to make an advance care plan is now. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the future can change in a second and highlighted the importance of having plans in place to navigate the unknown. Here's what you need to know to get started.

January 18, 2021

Need motivation to tackle your New Year's resolutions?

If the pandemic challenges and changes have left you wondering if you can tackle New Year's resolutions, don't worry. Consider these feel-good elements of motivation.

Keri Coon NP By Keri Coon January 6, 2021

Tips for wearing a mask while exercising

You might think a mask is a barrier to working out away from home. Read these FAQ to help you figure out the safest approach to staying active.

Jeremy Amundson, L.A.T. By Jeremy Amundson January 6, 2021

Connected care: Sometimes a person just needs a little help

You don't need to be tech savvy to be connected online to valuable care services, especially important during the pandemic. Learn how Kelly Timm got signed up for Patient Online Services with the help of a friend.

December 29, 2020

Innovative treatments for COVID 19

A year ago, the first cases of COVID-19 were just emerging and little was known about this virus. Now we have therapies to treat patients with COVID-19. Here's information about the three common therapies used in the U.S.

mansi kanuga_new By Mansi Kanuga December 22, 2020

Monitoring COVID-19 using virtual technology

After being diagnosed with COVID-19, Carla Fast used an at-home monitoring program to send vital signs to providers, which alerted the team to send her to the hospital. Read about her journey and follow-up with video appointments after returning home.

December 22, 2020

Preparing fair, safe COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Here's how we're planning to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine now available and what you can do until it's your time to be vaccinated.

December 18, 2020

Grief and loss throughout the holiday season

The holidays can be a time of joy as well as a time of grief for lost loved ones. Understanding how grief and change affects you can help provide a needed sense of empowerment.

December 15, 2020

Check Symptoms tool evaluates COVID-19 symptoms

Concerned you may have COVID-19? Learn how a new online assessment tool can quickly evaluate your symptoms, determine if you need testing and recommend next steps for care.

December 14, 2020

Mirroring healthy behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic

Imitation is a form of flattery, and it's common to mimic gestures of people around you. Learn how that could influence your health during the pandemic and what you can do react in a helpful way.

Judy Fruehbrodt MD By Judy Fruehbrodt Glensinski December 11, 2020

COVID-19 vaccine myths debunked

You've likely heard about the new COVID-19 vaccines, but what should you believe? We'll set the record straight on some of the circulating myths.

December 8, 2020