April 2020

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Plans for COVID-19 tri-county hospital on hold

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Plans for opening the Tri-County COVID Medical Center at the Prairie Correctional Facility are temporarily on hold while the State Health Care Coordination Center decides whether or not it will license the facility.

The state agency is asking all hospitals in Minnesota to send it their plans for handling a surge of COVID-19 patients at their own facilities first, Co-CEO of Swift County-Benson Health Service told its governing board at a special meeting Thursday night.

Thursday afternoon the CEOs of the five hospitals working to set up the Tri-County COVID Medical Center (TCMC) had a conference call with representatives of the Office of the State Health Care Coordination Center.

TCMC is a partnership between SCBHS, Appleton Area Health, Madison Health Care Services, Johnson Memorial Health Services of Dawson and Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital.

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County adapts to new meeting requirements

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

“Hello. Is there anyone online?” Swift County Board Chair Gary Hendrickx, District 1-Appleton, asked as their special meeting last Tuesday got underway.

It was a sign of these coronavirus times when the county board was practicing social distancing measures by having people call into the meeting rather than show up in person. Sheriff John Holtz replied he was on the line.

However, all commissioners were present in the large meeting room in the basement of the Swift County Law Enforcement Center. In addition to Hendrickx, there were commissioners Ed Pederson, District 2-north Benson and Benson Township, Pete Peterson, District 3-south Benson and Torning Township, Joe Fox, District 4-Hegbert Township, and Eric Rudningen, District 5-Kerkhoven. Also, at the meeting was Swift County CEO Kelsey Baker...

 

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