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.

It’s getting nicer out, don’t forget the sunscreen

[WCCO-TV, May 14, 2020] It’s getting warmer and sunnier and the outdoors is beckoning. Allina Health dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Farhat reminds us, now that May is Melanoma Awareness Month, to put on that sunscreen, and don’t afraid to make an appointment, even a virtual visit, to get any unusual skin spots checked out.

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 […]

How to make Mother’s Day special amid the pandemic

[WCCO-TV, May 7, 2020] This Mother’s Day will be like no other. No big family gatherings or dinners out. And on top of that, the extra pressures of having kids at home makes it extra challenging for moms. Allina Health psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth LaRusso about how to make mom feel special this year.

Chalk art with a powerful message

[WCCO-TV, May 6, 2020] Vendors at the Minneapolis Midtown Global Market regularly provide free meals for nurses and other caregivers at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. On Nurses Day, Wednesday, they also arranged for local chalk artist Shane Anderson to draw a special message to the nurses in front of the hospital. KARE 11 and KSTP-TV also […]

Virtual doctor visits skyrocket

[WCCO-TV, April 30, 2020] As you might imagine virtual doctor visits have taken off since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. What wasn’t expected is just how much they’ve changed the health care landscape At Allina Health, two months ago they were doing 20 to 30 virtual visits a day. Now, they are helping about […]

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 […]

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 […]