ESSENTIA HEALTH

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…

Essentia Health Launches Serology Testing

The Serology tests will be sent to Mayo Clinic Laboratories.

FARGO, N.D.–Essentia Health has begun serology testing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Serology testing will help determine if someone has had recent or prior infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. According to Essentia Health physician Dr. Elena Rodgers-Rieger, serology testing is “a blood-based test that looks for the presence of antibodies, which are produced by the immune…

Essentia Health to Offer Curbside Vital Appointments

Curbside vitals are by appointment only.

FARGO, N.D.–Essentia Health has started offering curbside vital appointments for obstetric patients. The idea for performing curbside vitals came after healthcare providers were unable to properly assess fetal heart rate and blood pressures for OB patients during virtual visits. Patients, after completing a virtual visit, are encouraged to schedule a curbside vital appointment to check blood pressure and the baby’s…

Essentia Health offers in-home testing, Mayor Mahoney pleased with social distancing improving

Mayor Mahoney discussed one of the main issues he sees in the city.

FARGO, N.D.- Essential Health started offering in-home testing for the coronavirus on Friday. “While this is an important milestone, the testing materials are still in limited supply, so we’re utilizing these guidelines to meet the needs of our most ill and high-risk patients,” says Chief Medical Officer at Essentia Health, Dr. Richard Vetter. The amount of time to get results…

Essentia Health Encouraging Patients and Visitors to Wear Masks

Patients and visitors who do not have masks will be provided one by Essentia Health.

FARGO, N.D.–Essentia Health is encouraging all patients and visitors to wear cloth masks beginning Monday. This precaution follows recent guidance from the CDC encouraging all people to wear masks in places where social distancing is difficult to maintain. Essentia Health says many people infected with COVID-19 do not show symptoms, but can still transmit the virus to others so it…