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COVID-19 testing ramping up, Allina Health now offers eight locations

[WCCO-TV, April 28, 2020] State Health officials say Minnesota can currently test roughly 2,400 patients a day for suspected COVID-19. That number is up from 927 tests per day a week ago — and the goal is to increase testing to 5,000 a day by Monday. Allina Health is now ready now to test all […]

New Ulm Medical Center doc headed to Iraq

[KEYC-TV, April 26, 2020] Dr. Brian Lovig is an emergency physician at Allina Health’s New Ulm Medical Center. He’s also been a member of the Minnesota National Guard for 17 years. For him, his wife and three kids, life is about to change. He’s being deployed to Iraq with his guard unit. But not before […]

Plasma therapy to fight COVID-19

[WCCO-TV, April 26, 2020] Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s husband John Bessler on Sunday announced his recent participation in an experimental treatment for COVID-19 after recovering from the virus himself. Officials say he was the seventh person to donate plasma as part of a program in Minnesota. Thousands of other recovered COVID-19 patients have participated nationwide. Bessler […]

Tips for navigating mental health in quarantine

[WCCO-TV, April 25, 2020] There’s no question that dealing with the stresses of the COVID-19 quarantine are taking a toll on everybody. Allina Health psychiatrist Dr. Mary Beth Lardizabal talked with WCCO News about the best ways to handle that stress.

More COVID-19 testing sites being added

[WCCO-TV, April 24, 2020] With a push to increase COVID-19 testing, more and more sites are becoming available to get testing. Most anyone with a virtus symptom can now get tested, though you’ll need to call ahead to make an appointment. Allina Health Laboratory vice president Heather Dawson talked to WCCO News about the increased […]

Allina Health, Minnesota United blood drive draws hundreds

[WCCO-TV, April 24, 2020] A two day blood drive sponsored by Allina Health and Minnesota United soccer team wrapped up Friday. Hundreds turned out to donate blood that is in short supply during the coronavirus pandemic. Red Cross technicians were on hand to take the donations at the team’s home Allianz Field.

Getting free bikes to essential workers

[WCCO-TV, April 23, 2020] Allina Health and several other Minnesota organizations are working together to donate bicycles to workers performing essential jobs in the Twin Cities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Tia Martinson, of Free Bikes For Kids, told WCCO that her organization has partnered with Allina Health, Quality Bike Products and Slow Roll Twin Cities […]

Unsung heroes of COVID-19: Hospital housekeepers

[KSTP-TV, April 15, 2020] Doctors and nurses are on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19. But right behind them are hospital workers you might never think about—the environmental service aides, housekeepers, who keep everything nice and clean and sterile for providers and patients. KSTP News talked to Jackie Davis, one of those housekeepers at […]

How Minnesota is lessening the prevalence of COVID-19

[ KMSP Fox 9, April 13, 2020] Minnesota currently has the lowest per capita COVID-19 infection rate in the country. So why is Minnesota doing so well? Allina Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tim Sielaff talked to Fox 9 News about that.

What to expect when you are expecting in the pandemic

[KSTP-TV, April 13, 2020] Pregnancy can be challenging enough without throwing in the complications of life during the COVID-19 outbreak. Safety restrictions are in place in hospitals and clinics across Minnesota. So what can new moms expect? KSTP-TV News talked with Allina Health mental health consultant Tina Welke about that.