Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Your health is our number one priority. We understand the uneasiness everyone is feeling and we are working hard to prevent the spread of the virus and to protect our patients, our staff, and our community. Hennepin Healthcare is committed to providing the information you need to stay healthy. Stay connected by visiting our Here for Life blog and Dr. David Hilden’s Healthy Matters “Doctors Diary".
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Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19
COVID-19 is a novel virus that gives you a fever, makes you cough, and impacts your breathing. “Novel” means that this particular virus has never been seen before in human populations.
For information about COVID-19 visit the Minnesota Department of Health website
There are some key differences between flu and COVID-19. COVID-19 seems to spread more easily than flu and causes more serious illnesses in some people. It can also take longer before people show symptoms and people can be contagious for longer. Another important difference is there is a vaccine to protect against flu. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.
Learn more on the CDC website “Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19”
The best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 at this time is to stay home and isolate yourself, get rest, and stay hydrated. If you have any symptoms, get tested for COVID-19 and you should self-isolate until you receive your results.
As our services resume, we want you to know the steps we’re taking to provide you with the highest quality care – all while keeping our patients, staff, and our communities safe. We can assure you that Hennepin Healthcare is among the safest places to receive your care.
Learn more on our Your Safety Our Priority webpage.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) received a limited supply of investigational treatments and has made them available to Hennepin Healthcare and other Minnesota health care facilities. The MDH and public health officials developed guidelines to make decisions about how to allocate this treatment, as there will be limited doses available and not everyone will be able to receive the treatment. If you qualify for this treatment, you may be contacted by a Hennepin Healthcare staff member soon after your positive test.
To be considered for the treatment, you must have symptoms that started within the last 7 days, a positive COVID test, be 12 years or older, weigh at least 88 pounds (40 kg), and be at high risk for severe disease, but not currently hospitalized with COVID-19 or requiring oxygen therapy due to COVID-19.
Please see the MDH website for additional information.
Many people are anticipating the arrival of a vaccine for COVID-19. Details are still being determined and we are continuing to follow the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health. Please visit the MDH website for what we currently know about COVID-19 vaccines.
We have compiled a variety of state, national and local resources in multiple languages about topics like COVID-19, prevention, health concerns, mental wellness, and where to find support for food, housing, and other services.
Multilingual Resources - resources in multiple languages including Spanish, Somali, Hmong, ASL, and more.
COVID-19 Basic Needs Impact Survey
COVID-19 Basic Needs Impact Survey: Taking the pulse of the pandemic
COVID-19’s rapid arrival in Minnesota in March 2020 created many changes in our community. During this time, we created a phone-based survey to better understand the needs of our primary care patients, especially those at highest risk of poor outcomes, and to inform how we care for our community during COVID-19.
Between May 11-June 12, 2020, nearly 400 adult primary care patients reflected on their experiences with the arrival of COVID-19 and resulting social and economic impacts.