Updated: December 04, 2020 02:27 PM
Created: December 04, 2020 01:59 PM
Mayo Clinic Health System is temporarily suspending operations at a handful of Minnesota clinics and reallocating staff members beginning Monday, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to surge.
Mayo said the affected clinics are the Mankato-Northridge, Le Sueur, Janesville and Waterville locations. The Belle Plaine clinic has already temporarily suspended operations, however, it is still offering COVID-19 testing.
According to Mayo, the suspensions are necessary so staffing resources can be reallocated to other critical care needs during a surge in COVID-19.
The closures are expected to last six weeks.
Patients of the affected clinics will continue to have options to receive care, including clinic visits at other sits, virtual video visits or use of the 24/7 Nurse Line and Express Care Online. Anyone with an upcoming appointment at the affected locations will be notified, Mayo said.
Mayo reminded Minnesotans that anyone showing possible COVID-19 symptoms — such as shortness of breath, fever or cough — should first call before showing up to a health care facility. Those meeting testing criteria will then be directed to a local testing site.
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