ESSENTIA HEALTH

Essentia Health offers back-to-school digital COVID-19 toolkit

The toolkit contains materials aimed at helping keep students and teachers healthy.

FARGO, N.D.–Essentia Health is offering a back-to-school digital toolkit for students and teachers returning to school. The toolkit contains materials aimed at helping keep students and teachers healthy. The materials within the toolkit include resources for properly wearing and cleaning a face mask, recommendations for social distancing inside and outside the classroom, additional safety precautions and frequently asked questions. Dr….

Essentia Health to reopen West Acres Clinic, suspend Osgood Clinic walk-ins August 3

FARGO, N.D.–Essentia Health is set to reopen its West Acres Clinic on Monday, August 3. The Clinic will be open for family medicine and walk-ins. Appointments will be required for family medicine. Walk-in care will be available seven days a week. Additionally, Essentia Health has announced it will be suspending walk-in care at its Osgood Clinic on August 3. Family…

Essentia Health offers on-demand video visits

The visits will allow patients to receive primary care 24 hours a day.

FARGO, N.D.–Essentia Health is currently offering on-demand video visits for existing patients who have a MyHealth or MyChart account. The new service will help patients receive same day care without leaving their homes. The on-demand visits can be used prior to an in-person visit to shorten the time a patient spends at the clinic. They will also allow patients to…

Patients allowed one visitor per day according to new Essentia Health update

Visitors will be allowed between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day.

FARGO, N.D.–Essentia Health has updated its visitor policy to allow only one visitor per patient per day. Previously, Essentia Health allowed one adult visitor at a time, but patients could have multiple visitors a day. The policy was updated in order to protect patients and staff from the transmission of COVID-19. Visitors will be allowed between 9 a.m. and 6…

Dozens in MN, ND sick with intestinal illness linked to bagged salads

More than 200 people in the Midwest have been infected with Cyclospora

MINNESOTA & NORTH DAKOTA — An outbreak of Cyclospora has hit eight Midwestern states, including both Minnesota and North Dakota. According to the CDC, 25 Minnesotans and six North Dakotans have been infected. “Cyclospora is a parasite that causes a diarrheal illness, and it is transmitted by consuming food or water contaminated with feces that contains the parasite,” says Essentia…

Essentia Health updates its visitor policy for hospitals, clinics

Patients will be allowed one adult visitor at a time.

FARGO, N.D.–Essentia Health has updated its visitor policy for clinics, hospitals and procedural patient care areas. Effective immediately, patients will be allowed one adult visitor at a time between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Patients that test positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed visitors except in end-of-life circumstances. Visitors will be required to wear masks, be screened for…

Essentia Health to permanently layoff nearly 900 employees

FARGO, N.D.–Essentia Health has announced their decision to move forward with permanent layoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Health organization says it has experienced operational losses nearing $100 million since the beginning of March. Various measures have been taken to attempt to offset the decline in revenue including placing employees on administrative leave, flexing hours, reducing physician and executive…

Essentia Health Continues To See Spikes In Virtual Visits Since Rolling It In Mid March

They were originally set to start in April.

FARGO, N.D. – Before the pandemic began, Essentia officials say they already had a plan to roll out virtual visits. They were set to start in April for patients with particular chronic illnesses like Depression and Anxiety. Because of the Coronavirus, they managed to make it happen by March. Essentia rolled virtual visits out initially to ambulatory clinics, and then…

West Fargo School District Allows In-Person Graduation Ceremonies

There will be a Facebook Live event on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

WEST FARGO, N.D. — West Fargo Public Schools plans to hold in-person graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020. The district has partnered with Essentia Health on how to follow the state’s guidelines with social distancing. There will be a Facebook Live event tomorrow at 1:30 with Superintendent Slette and Al Hurley along with Essentia Health’s Chief Operating Officer to…

Essentia Health Needs More Handmade Cloth Masks

Donations can be dropped off Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

FARGO, N.D. — Essentia Health is asking for your help with face masks. They have collected about 2,000 masks in Fargo but more handmade cloth masks are needed. Donations can be dropped off on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the South University Clinic. Donors are asked to pull up into the valet parking loop, stay…