Infectious Disease

Experts say COVID-19 cases will likely increase with protests and demonstrations

[KSTP-TV, June 2, 2020] As passionate protesters take to the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul, they gathering in masses at multiple events each day. It raises the questions about the spread of coronavirus, due to the lack of social distancing. Dr. Frank Rhame is an infectious disease doctor with Allina Health who spoke about […]

The life or death battle against COVID-19

The life or death battle against COVID-19

[Star Tribune, May 24, 2020] Most people sickened by COVID-19 survive, but in serious cases, the experience is harrowing, the effects linger and the long-term health risks aren’t clear. Minnesotans need to understand the consequences, survivors say, particularly as many grow restless with restrictions designed to slow the pandemic. “Please, please, please take it seriously,” […]

Dr. Robert Quickel answers your COVID-19 questions

[WCCO-TV, May 17, 2020] Are cloth face masks really effective? What are we learning from the increased COVID testing in Minnesota? Allina Health Vice President for Medical Operations, Dr. Robert Quickel, joined WCCO News to answer viewer questions about COVID-19.

New COVID rehab program aids patients recovering from virus

[KMSP Fox 9, May 15, 2020] For Steve Soeffker, leaving Abbott Northwestern Hospital Friday marked the end of 43 day odyssey through COVID-19, from entering the hospital feeling like a dead man to leaving feeling like a new person. He was the beneficiary of a new rehab program for COVID patients created by the Courage […]

Stroke survivor and doctor warn people experiencing stroke symptoms to seek help

[KARE 11, May, 14, 2020] The hospital can be a scary place right now for people who are worried they might catch COVID-19 if they go in with symptoms of other illnesses. Doctors who care for stroke patients worry fear of seeking treatment for illnesses outside of COVID-19 could end lives. Dr. Yasha Kayan is […]

Minnesota Guard celebrates pandemic caregivers in New Ulm

Minnesota Guard celebrates pandemic caregivers in New Ulm

{New Ulm Journal, May 14, 2020] A Minnesota National Guard flyover above the New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) Wednesday paid tribute to the frontline caregivers and first responders of the pandemic. Two C-130 Hercules from the Minnesota National Guard approached from the southeast passing over NUMC staff and hundreds of spectators. See all the photos […]

Allina doctor on working with COVID patients

[MPR News, May 13, 2020] Dr. Charles Pogemiller is a hospitalist at Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital. He’s been treating COVID positive patients throughout the pandemic. He talked with MPR’s Angela David about his work and how he stays prepared to care for his patients.

Elective surgeries resume

[KMSP Fox 9, May 12, 2020] Gov. Walz executive order has allowed elective surgeries to resume in Minnesota. At Allina Health an estimated 8,000 surgeries have been put on hold since the freeze on elective surgeries began in March. Allina Health Vice President for Medical Operations, Dr. Robert Quickel, says careful precautions have been taken […]

On the COVID-19 frontlines at Interlude Restorative Suites

[KSTP-TV, May 11, 2020] The very front of some of the front lines can be found at Interlude Restorative Suites in Fridley. It’s a special facility used only for COVID-19 patients right now. It’s a recovery site that was created about four weeks ago as part of a partnership between Allina Health and Presbyterian Homes […]

Allina Health provides mental health resources online for COVID-19 stress

[WCCO-TV, May 10, 2020] There’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic is adding stress to our daily live. But how we deal with it depends on each individual. Susan Nygaard, manager of community health improvement at Allina Health, talked with WCCO-TV News about stress and the free tools Allina Health provides online to help manage […]