Media announcements, forums and updates
Riverwood is offering COVID-19 virtual forums via Zoom regularly. See invitations and recordings below.
While many people are eager to get the COVID-19 vaccine, the supply nationwide is still very small. Eventually, the vaccine will be available to everyone as the supply increases. However, at this time Riverwood does not have vaccine to give to the general public. In the months ahead, we will follow guidance from federal and state officials regarding who should be given the vaccine when.
Do I need to make an appointment or get on a waiting list?
No. Vaccine appointments are not available at this time. We are awaiting further guidance and vaccines from the Minnesota Department of Health. Future updates will be posted on this page.
Who decided the priority of who is eligible for the vaccine?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) determined the priority groups to get the vaccine first. The Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Advisory Group reviewed the guidelines and made detailed recommendations for how to apply the guidelines in Minnesota. Until there is enough vaccine for everyone, it makes sense to distribute the limited supply in a way that saves the most lives and puts us on a path to ending the crisis brought on by the pandemic as quickly as possible.
When will people 65 and older be eligible to receive the vaccine?
Beginning the week of Jan. 18-22, Minnesota is making COVID-19 vaccine accessible statewide with nine pilot vaccination sites (Andover, Brooklyn Center, Fergus Falls, Marshall, Mountain Iron, North Mankato, Rochester, St. Cloud & Thief River Falls) where shots will be provided to people 65 or older, as well as to prekindergarten through grade 12 educators, school staff, and child care workers. Appointments are required online or by phone, 612-426-7230 or toll free at 833-431-2053. There is no walk-in capacity at these sites, and appointments registration will reopen each Tuesday. This community vaccination pilot program will be the foundation for mass vaccination clinics in Minnesota communities once the federal government increases vaccine supply.
Thank you for your patience.
We know that waiting for vaccine is extremely difficult. The good news is that the vaccine supply will be improving in the months ahead. Please rest assured that we are working closely with state and local county public health officials to support the rollout of the vaccine as soon as possible.
Resources for vaccine information
Aitkin County Public Health: https://www.co.aitkin.mn.us/covid-19.html#gsc.tab=0
Minnesota Department of Health: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/index.jsp
Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/underlying-conditions.html
Health and safety precautions
In consideration of everyone’s health and safety, and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Riverwood screens all patients and visitors who arrive at our hospital and clinic entrances.
Everyone is asked about possible symptoms and their temperatures are checked.
- All patients and visitors are screened at our main entrance lobby.
- Therapy and oncology patients are screened at the Therapy Services entrance.
- Surgery patients only use the Support Services entrance.
The main symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms include muscle aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste and smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
All who come into Riverwood’s hospital and clinics are asked to wear masks—patients, visitors, and staff. Social Distancing signage in our lobbies, waiting rooms, and hallways indicates that everyone must maintain a six-foot distance from others.
Riverwood offers COVID-19 testing via drive-up at its Aitkin and McGregor locations by appointment. For Aitkin, testing hours are 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and for McGregor, hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For test appointments in Aitkin or McGregor, call 218-927-2157
Those who can get tested include anyone with virus symptoms or suspected COVID-19 exposure, and pre-procedure patients or essential workers.
Patients who are diagnosed with COVID-19 are given specific discharge instructions on how to manage symptoms at home, how to isolate from other household members, how to maintain hand hygiene, and how to clean/sanitize high-touch surfaces (doorknobs, tabletops, toilets, bathroom fixtures, etc.).
For everyone’s safety, if you have symptoms that you feel may be consistent with COVID-19, or if you feel that you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, please call our helpline first, so we can best prepare for your potential visit.
Riverwood Healthcare’s Coronavirus Helpline is 1-844-428-1323. Helpline hours are Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
If you’re experiencing mild symptoms, set up a virtual video visit with your Riverwood provider instead of coming into the clinic in person. Our appointment line is 218-927-2157. If you have severe symptoms, such as breathing problems, seek immediate medical attention by calling 9-1-1.