A local surge in COVID-19 cases has overwhelmed Rainy Lake Medical Center’s emergency department, creating staffing issues and limited space.
RLMC officials are asking the public to keep non-emergent health concerns out of the ER, to allow priority be given to those needing immediate attention.
“We, of course, want patients to come to the emergency room if they’re experiencing a health emergency,” said Cherrie Belanger, RLMC director of hospital nursing. “However, if a patient has health needs that can be attended to at our clinic, we ask that they contact the clinic for their care. We will continue to provide excellent care to our community.”
Rainy Lake Clinic can be reached at 218-283-5503.
Visitor policy changes
RLMC has made changes to its visitor policy, effective immediately.
Only one visitor is allowed for emergency room patients if the patient is a child, having mental health issues or if they are a trauma patient.
Admitted patients are allowed only one designated visitor. A designated visitor must be the same person throughout the patient’s stay.
These changes have been implemented to lower potential exposure of COVID-19 to other patients and staff.
“We ask for the public’s patience as we navigate through this surge of COVID cases,” Belanger said. “We will lift these restrictions as soon as we feel it is safe to do so.”