COVID-19 Updates and Vaccine Info

Due to central Minnesota region’s surge in COVID cases, Mille Lacs Health System is not able to do community testing. There are specific times for testing and these are not done on a walk-in basis; you must have an appointment, and these are only done in our Onamia clinic. If you call our COVID Nurse Hotline, know that we have been overwhelmed with testing requests, and our priority is to staff, residents, and ill patients in our facility. You will be triaged over the phone and if you meet certain criteria, you will be asked to come in to the Onamia campus for a test. Our staff does not have the capacity for tests such as those needed for people without symptoms but with known exposure, entertainment requirements, travel, state fair, camps, etc. You can go to this site and find a community testing center closest to you for those types of tests: Minnesota COVID response.

Otherwise, if you have symptoms, call our Covid Nurse Hotline and talk to a nurse: 320-532-2989.

Please visit our COVID-19 vaccine information page to learn more about vaccinations and 3rd dose/boosters, or call our Vaccine Line: 320-532-2697.

MLHS is currently using TeleHealth/Virtual Visits for patients’ convenience during this time. We are here to help, no matter how patients want to connect with us! Click to learn more about TeleHealth/Virtual Visits.

Mille Lacs Health System is seeing cases rise, our county cases are increasing, and the Delta variant has not spared the area. For these reasons, the MLHS facilities are changing back to former visitor restrictions that were put into place earlier in the pandemic.

Effective immediately, there will be no visitors in the Emergency Room, the hospital (Acute Care), or the nursing home (Long Term Care). When coming to the clinic for an appointment, only one visitor is allowed with the patient. Keep in mind that with the MLHS construction, it is harder to ensure patients and visitors stay six feet apart from one another, so the less people in the waiting room, the safer it is for all concerned. Also, proper masks must be worn, from the time of arrival in the building to the time the patient leaves. Please respect these rules to protect patients, residents, and staff.