Minnesota health officials confirmed the first death of an Aitkin County resident from COVID-related complications. See the announcement from Aitkin County Health and Human Services.
A new disinfecting tool is on the frontline of Riverwood Healthcare Center’s COVID-19 response. Using ultraviolet light, the robot-like UV machine disinfects patient rooms and treatment areas with known or suspected patient contact with the virus. Before purchasing the Xenex UV system in May, Riverwood began using a rental machine in April to disinfect the […]
With a huge focus on COVID-19 and how to prevent it, there’s still a need to pay attention to all aspects of your health. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart or lung disease, or other acute or chronic conditions, don’t ignore warning signs that need medical attention. Call your health care provider to […]
We know that you have a lot of questions right now—questions about COVID-19 and how to keep you and your loved ones safe. One of the questions that has come up is: Do I need a note for permission from my healthcare provider to return to work after I’ve been ill with a respiratory illness? […]
Riverwood Healthcare is taking additional steps to help control the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), including doing screening for respiratory symptoms at clinic entrances, postponing routine, non-critical clinic appointments and elective surgeries, and offering phone appointments with health care providers. Although at the time of this writing, there have no positive cases in Aitkin County, “it […]
In February, Riverwood Healthcare set up an Incident Command unit to cover the information, preparation, and medical needs surrounding COVID-19, with Dr. Taylor as commander and Director of Nursing Jeanine LeBlanc as operations manager. All other departments at Riverwood are involved as needed for expertise in their areas. The Incident Command unit began meeting daily, […]
In late February, Riverwood Healthcare Center began preparedness activities to plan for the potential arrival of patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Dr. David Taylor, chief medical officer for Riverwood, along with Jeanine LeBlanc, director of nursing, is leading an emergency preparedness team that is meeting weekly, or more frequently as needed, to take steps […]