Coronavirus Local

Wed
01
Apr
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COVID Testing Station

Sitting behind a Plexiglass shield SCBHS nurse Michelle Sonnabend waits to test people entering the facility. You will be asked a series of questions and if you answer “yes” to any you will get your temperature taken and go through further screening. You are also likely to be asked to wear a mask when you enter SCBHS if you answered “yes” to any questions.

Wed
01
Apr
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Plans for COVID-19 tri-county hospital on hold

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
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.

Mon
30
Mar
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DPS-DVS Offices Statewide Closing for Two Weeks; Driver's License Extensions on the Way

DPS-DVS Offices Close as Gov. Walz Issues Executive Order for Minnesotans to Stay Home

Wed
25
Mar
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SEOC UPDATE #6: GOV. WALZ ORDERS MINNESOTANS TO STAY HOME STARTING AT 11:59 P.M. FRIDAY

ST. PAUL Gov. Tim Walz announced today that he is ordering Minnesotans to stay home Friday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m. until Friday, April 10 to help limit the spread of COVID-19 so the state’s health care system is prepared to care for those who fall critically ill. The Governor is also extending the closure of schools until May 4 and bars and restaurants until May 1.

Wed
25
Mar
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County passes emergency declaration

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

At an emergency meeting Friday morning the Swift County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution declaring a state of emergency due to the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus.

Swift County Emergency Manager Bill McGeary told the board that while it did not appear that the emergency declaration was necessary at its March 17 meeting, that new guidance from the Department of Homeland Security now required the declaration.

The emergency declaration allows the county to track the steps it is taking to deal with the spread of COVID-19. “It will allow you to keep track of what we are doing…but as this thing gets bigger and the county takes a more aggressive role, it will allow you to free up some funds that will probably be reimbursable.”

Wed
25
Mar
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Benson schools supplying food to students

Benson area youth have been taking advantage of free meals being dropped off each day at various sites in Benson and the surrounding area.  All they have to do is stop by one of the convenient meal sites and pick up the meals each morning at the designated time.

The USDA Meal Program is for anyone 18 years old and under.  They do not have to live in the school district, or attend Benson Schools to participate.  Everyone qualifies for the program as long as they are 18 years or younger.  Each day, a breakfast and lunch is delivered.

The meal program encourages people to register each day, but they can also just show up since extra meals are prepared at each site, just in case.

Tue
24
Mar
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3 counties propose using PCF as COVID-19 hospital

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Four area hospitals are pursuing a plan to turn one pod of the Prairie Correctional Facility (PCF) in Appleton into a COVID-19 medical center with an initial cost of $1 million.

Called the Tri-County Covid Medical Center it would serve Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Swift counties. The costs would be split based on county population.

The proposal was presented by Appleton Area Health Services (AAHS) CEO Lori Andreas and Swift County-Benson Health Services Co-CEO Melissa McGinty-Thompson at an emergency meeting of the Swift County Board of Commissioners Friday morning. The other two hospitals involved are Montevideo and Dawson.

County    Population    Contribution
Chippewa    12,010    $425,977
Swift    9,411    $333,794
Lac qui Parle    6,773    $240,228
Total     28,194    $1,000,000

Sat
21
Mar
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Counties propose using Prairie Correctional Facility as COVID-19 hospital

Appleton Area Health Services CEO Lori Andreas and Swift County-Benson Health Services Co-CEO Melissa McGinty-Thompson propose using the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton to treat COVID-19 patients. The Swift County Board of Commissioners will consider funding the request at their Tuesday morning special meeting.

By Reed Anfinson

Publisher

Swift County Monitor-News

Four area hospitals are pursuing a plan to turn one pod of the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton into a COVID-19 medical center with an initial cost of $1 million.

Called the Tri-County Covid Medical Center it would serve Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Swift counties. The costs would be split based on county population.

 

County                        Population            Contribution

Fri
20
Mar
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Benson Public Schools Mobile Service Program

Benson Public Schools Mobile Meal Service Program

Thu
19
Mar
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SEOC UPDATE #2: STATE AGENCY COVID-19 RESPONSE ACTIONS

ST. PAUL The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) continues to be fully activated to support all state agencies with their COVID-19 response following Gov.

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