Mille Lacs Health System wants to remind the public that, due to a lack of resources, COVID-19 testing is only being done on patients who have symptoms. Patients need to call the COVID Nurse Hotline, and the nurse answering will ask questions based on an algorithm MLHS uses to screen patients prior to testing. The COVID Nurse Hotline number is 320-532-2989.
Patients who do not have symptoms but who have been exposed, those needing tests for travel, camp, state fair, entertainment requirements, etc. can visit this site to see the nearest community testing site: Minnesota COVID-19 Response.
“We are asking that patients call that number only if they have symptoms and questions about getting tested. Please keep that line, and that nursing resource, open for patients who are ill with COVID symptoms, needing a test. The number should not be used for unrelated general medical questions. We, like many other facilities across the country, need to keep our staff resources for critical issues and care.”