Hutchinson, Minn. — Hutchinson Health and HealthPartners Wednesday announced that it is taking additional steps related to identification, treatment and safety of patients, care teams and the community that will help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.
- Elective surgeries. Postponing all elective surgeries, procedures and non-essential radiology services through April 3, with no surgeries being scheduled until after April 27.
- Dental appointments. Suspending non-emergent dental appointments that were scheduled between March 17 and March 29. For emergency procedures, dentists will evaluate a patient’s needs by phone and determine if the patient should be referred to a clinic for emergency care.
- Office visits. Changing some routine office visits to phone calls or rescheduling.
In addition, based on recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health in response to a national shortage of COVID-19 testing materials, HealthPartners and Hutchinson Health is suspending testing in the ambulatory clinics, urgent cares and emergency centers for patients not requiring hospitalization.