Bluestem Dental opens with safety measures in place

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

When area residents go to Bluestem Dental in Benson for their appointments in the coming weeks, they will find some changes aimed at keeping them and the office’s staff safe.

As the number of COVID-19 deaths and cases increased rapidly throughout America and the world, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issued a stay-at-home order effective from March 28 to April 10. Under the order, people could still go to the grocery store, shop for essential supplies, and go outside for a walk or run. But many non-essential businesses were shut down. Among those non-essential businesses were dental offices, except for emergency procedures.

As the number of deaths due to COVID-19 continued to rise from just 5 to 50 over the two-week stay-at-home order, Walz extended the order to May 10. By May 9 the state’s death toll from COVID-19 increased to 558 and the order was extended to May 18 with some modifications.

Now Minnesota’s economy is slowly opening up again with dental offices gearing up to take patients. Phone calls are being made to patients telling them that they will be notified in the coming days or weeks about appointments that passed during the stay-at-home order and are now being rescheduled...


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