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COVID-19

Tri-County Health Care continues to ensure that our patients have a safe and reliable way to receive care during the COVID-19 crisis. We have developed guidelines and measures to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The COVID-19 vaccine is also available at each of our locations and are offered FREE of charge.

If you believe your symptoms might resemble COVID-19 and want to know if you should be tested, you can complete a free virtual eClinic COVID-19 screening here.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Tri-County Health Care ensures a safe and efficient vaccination for everyone. We have COVID-19 vaccines available and many are eager to get the shot, but first, refer to the information below. Our patients and communities deserve the most accurate information about the vaccine. As always, our medical providers are happy to answer any questions or concerns about the vaccine.

Vaccination Appointments

We offer the Pfizer vaccine and encourage all Minnesotans ages 12 and over to receive it. Parents need to be present to sign a consent waiver. These Pfizer vaccines, which have been FDA-approved for ages 16 and older, are open to anyone seeking a first or second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. We host vaccine clinics every Monday and Thursday. Call 218-631-3510 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

*All COVID-19 vaccines are 100% free. Tri-County Health Care does not charge an administration fee.*

Third doses available for immunocompromised

The FDA has authorized a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for the immunocompromised. At this time, only mRNA vaccines like Pfizer or Moderna require a third dose. Individuals must meet certain criteria to be eligible to receive a third dose. If a patient is unsure whether they meet these conditions, they should reach out to their primary care provider for more information.

In Wadena County, Tri-County Health Care is a resource for third doses, especially for people seeking the Pfizer vaccine. Individuals seeking a third dose of Moderna should contact Wadena County Public Health or a local public health agency.

About the COVID-19 Vaccine

As we learn more about COVID-19, recommendations and guidance are updated frequently. The Minnesota Department of Health provides updated recommendations and answers all questions here.

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The COVID-19 Vaccine - Dr. Monson

Tri-County Health Care General Surgeon, Tim Monson, M.D. expresses his support of the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 policy updates and news

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Visitor Restrictions & Testing

DUE TO A NATIONAL TESTING SUPPLY SHORTAGE we are reminding the public that we cannot guarantee test results within 24-48 hours. Our rapid testing supplies are limited and are reserved for high-priority cases and Tri-County Health Care patients. If you are not a current patient, please contact your primary care facility.

We are testing people with COVID-19 symptoms by appointment at our Wadena location. Please call our COVID Hotline to schedule: 218-631-5205
Cost:
COVID-19 test - $150
COVID-19 antibody test - $79

ALL OTHER LAB APPOINTMENTS:
To reduce congestion, limit wait times and ensure proper sanitization between draws, appointments are now required for lab patients in Wadena. Schedule your appointment at 218-631-3510.

Clinic Lab Hours:
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

**All visitors must still be screened for COVID-19 symptoms, always wear a mask and visitor badge while in the facility and stay in areas designated for visitors.

***Patients that test positive for COVID-19 will still not be allowed visitors except under specific circumstances. Arrangements should be made with the care team.

Tri-County Health Care’s visitor policy is intended to protect the health and safety of patients and staff. It is subject to change.


When to seek emergency medical attention

Our Emergency Department is prepared to take care of critically sick or injured people in our community. We want to stress the importance of not delaying emergency care and to call 911 for any of the following symptoms: chest pain, compound fracture, difficulty breathing, heart attack, head injuries, major trauma, seizures, severe abdominal pain, severe burns, shock, stroke or uncontrollable breathing.

For COVID-19, look for emergency warning signs and seek medical attention immediately if you're having trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.

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Now is the Time

With the increased spread of COVID-19 in our region, our area health care workers need your help. Hospitals are experiencing staffing shortages and a lack of ICU beds which affects access to critical care. Now is the time to stop the spread of the virus, and together, we will.