Detroit Lakes Health Care Evolves Through Pandemic
Leighton Interactive | May 15, 2020 AT 7:21 am
DETROIT LAKES, MN--As hospitals have been given the directive by Governor Walz and State Health Officials they may move ahead with elective surgeries (EO 20-51) health care providers in Detroit Lakes assure the public they have evolved along with the pandemic situation.
Dr. Andrew Moen a podiatrist from Essentia Health-St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes says over the last two months the local provider has gone through tremendous evolution and giant changes--adapting how they do business like everyone else...following the Governor's order for medical providers to delay elective surgeries (20-09) and to prioritze procedures in order to ramp up adequate professional protective equipment, medical equipment, social distancing space and COVID-19 testing as case numbers are expected to increase during the pandemic (listen here)
Dr Moen says they've really ramped up their testing for COVID-19 throughout the hospital in patients and symptomatic providers to alleviate as many risk factors as possible (listen here)
Moen says the hospital is just in the process of restarting some of their elective surgeries, namely, the outpatient surgeries. He says in the next few weeks they are going to carefully and methodically schedule some of the more advanced elective procedures that would require an overnight stay.
Meanwhile, drive-thru, public COVID-19 testing continues at Essentia in Detroit Lakes. If you are symptomatic, the first step to take is an e-visit through their website or by calling the hospital (218-847-5611) and they will walk you through some questions. Depending on the outcome of the initial screening you may be directed to be tested.