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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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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
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
‘Mask Made by Me’ campaign

To make mask-wearing a little more fun and less challenging for kids, kids ages 4 to 12 are invited to submit a mask design.

October 2, 2020
Flu vaccine appointments offered across Southwest Minnesota

Flu vaccines to be offered across Southwest Minnesota in October to patients 6 months and older.

September 30, 2020
Fairmont to relocate COVID-19 testing to main hospital entrance

Due to an increase in testing demand, Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont will relocate the COVID-19 testing location from Urgent Care to the main hospital entrance, effective 10 a.m. on Tuesday,...

September 22, 2020
Vaccinate early for flu

If more people are vaccinated for the flu, fewer people will become sick with the flu and fewer patients will require hospitalization.

September 8, 2020
New Prague offers tips to reduce children’s screen time

Distance learning and social isolation are causing a lot more screen time in the day to day lives of children, and it’s important to break up the day with physical activity, as well as other for...

August 28, 2020
Fairmont offers tips to reduce children’s screen time

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and hybrid and distance learning models, many children are incorporating more screen time into their school day. That’s why it’s more important than ever to re...

August 26, 2020
Waseca offers tips to reduce children’s screen time

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and hybrid and distance learning models, many children are incorporating more screen time into their school day. That’s why it’s more important than ever to re...

August 25, 2020
Fairmont to open temporary respiratory clinic for COVID-19 patients

Fairmont will be transitioning the care of outpatients with COVID-19 symptoms to a temporary respiratory clinic located in an unused clinical space adjacent to the main clinic.

June 19, 2020
Heatstroke prevention tips

While outdoor activities are healthy for the mind and body, it’s important also to factor in precautionary measures to prevent heat-related injuries when you’re far from climate-controlled...

June 17, 2020
Mower County Announces “Community Health First” Local Approach to Fighting COVID-19

Healthcare, Community and Businesses Partners to Create a COVID-19 Action Plan.

June 12, 2020

From The Blog

COVID-19 during winter: 8 things you can do to mentally prepare

Winter can be a difficult time for some people, and the coming winter may add to that as we "hunker down" to prevent the spread the COVID-19. Here are 8 things you can do now to mentally prepare for a winter with an ongoing pandemic.

Sarah Reichert LSW By Sarah Reichert October 23, 2020

Halloween safety: Decorative lenses can be dangerous

You may want decorative contact lenses as a way to enhance your Halloween look, especially when wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Learn why tinted eyewear may risk your eye health.

Robert Friese OD By Robert Friese October 20, 2020

Halloween safety: Tips during COVID-19

Children of all ages go door to door trick-or-treating on Halloween. This year, the recommendation is to consider other ways to celebrate. Here are some lower-risk options to consider.

October 16, 2020

Facts about flu

Flu season is just around the corner. Learn how to put up your best defense and decrease your chances of getting the flu.

Jeffrey Green MD By Jeffrey Green October 15, 2020

4 tips for making music good medicine

Do you recall the good feelings you have when you hear an old favorite song? Explore the ways you can use music to help you heal and be well during challenging times.

Everett Kalcec, D.O. By Everett Kalcec October 14, 2020

Mentally surviving the imperfect storm that is 2020

2020 has been a year of change and stress. Oct. 10 is World Mental Health Day. Check in with yourself to assess your mental health.

Megan Lambertson LGSW By Megan Lambertson October 9, 2020

Couple contract COVID-19 from asymptomatic friend: Wear masks, stay vigilant

A single dinner changed the lives of the Jeddeloh family. The couple contracted COVID-19 from an asymptomatic friend. Learn why the family encourages others to reconsider attending in-person group gatherings.

October 2, 2020

5 considerations before participating in group gatherings

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a high-level feeling of social isolation. For your safety and that of others, here are 5 things to consider before you decide to participate at a social gathering.

September 28, 2020

Get vaccinated early for flu

Put up your best defense. It's time for your seasonal flu shot. Learn why it's more important than ever to be vaccinated.

Jennifer Johnson DO By Jennifer Johnson September 28, 2020

Prevent boredom, injury during physical activity

Have you ever started a new fitness journey only to be plagued by boredom or new aches and pains? Get tips for avoiding boredom and injury with physical activity.

Troy Hoehn ATC By Troy Hoehn September 24, 2020

Wearing a mask while exercising FAQ

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 September 19, 2020

6 tips to reduce children's screen time

Children are on screens during the school day more than ever because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are 6 tips to help trim screen time when they're not in school.

Madhan Prabhakaran MD By Madhan Prabhakaran September 17, 2020