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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 Wednesday and Thursday. Call 218-631-3510 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

The Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine is now back in stock and available at Tri-County Health Care.

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

Third doses available for immunocompromised

The Centers for Disease Control have made official recommendations for third doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The third dose is meant to generate further protective immunity to the COVID-19 virus. See the full criteria and eligible groups here.

In Wadena County, Tri-County Health Care is a resource for third doses 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 when it becomes available.

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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COVID-19: Our only tool

As much as everyone would like to go back to the world before COVID-19, it's here to stay until we find a solution. Bobbi Adams, M.D. explains why the vaccine is our best tool at the moment.

COVID-19: Do no harm

The COVID-19 vaccine is proven to drastically reduce the rate of severe illness and hospitalization, even against the Delta variant circulating through the region. Jamie Udy, APRN, FNP, explains why she chose to get the vaccine.

COVID-19: The vaccine and resurgence

Chief Medical Officer, Ben Hess, M.D., explains why it's not safer to get COVID than to get the vaccine. There have been complications in younger people with the new variants.

COVID-19: Not political

There is misinformation circulating about the serious nature of COVID-19. Jill Wilkens, PA-C recommends seeking information directly from experts rather than politicians or social media.

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

***All patients coming to ReadyCare NEED to enter through the North Emergency Room entrance off Highway-71.***

***The Minnesota National Guard is overseeing a COVID-19 rapid testing site at the Wadena Armory every Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. It will remain in operation until the end of December. Registration is encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. Test results return in approximately 1-3 hours.***

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. Testing within the first two days of symptoms will likely give false-negative results. Please be mindful of symptom timing before calling our COVID Hotline (218-631-5205) to schedule.

Negative results will be predominantly communicated via MyChart or mail. Patients with positive test results will be contacted by phone or MyChart. It is highly recommended to sign up and utilize MyChart to receive results in the quickest fashion.

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.