April 8, 2020 — Working in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Lakewood Health System has confirmed two patients and one Lakewood provider have tested positive for COVID-19.
While laws protecting patient privacy and information limit what can be disclosed, we can share all individuals are currently in isolation, recovering in their homes and continue to be monitored by Lakewood healthcare professionals.
As for the provider, Lakewood is working closely with the MDH and has immediately begun the process of identifying and contacting patients and staff who were in close contact with this individual over the course of the past seven days. This is being done to assess their risk for infection and determine their need for testing.
“I want to ensure the public we are taking all steps necessary to protect our patients, residents and staff,” said Tim Rice, Lakewood President & CEO. “Just like our patients, we must all follow the strict guidelines of staying home when sick. Patient safety is our highest priority.”
Lakewood continues to work closely with the MDH and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to coordinate testing and monitoring. We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and well-being of all, including continuing to restrict visitors and screen everyone entering our facilities, designating separate entrances for those with respiratory illness, and mandated masking for employees and those with symptoms.
As a reminder, a FREE virtual visit is available through Lakewood Health System if you have COVID-19 symptom concerns. Visit our Click Care site: https://lakewood.zipnosis.com/
Additional COVID-19 related information can be found on our website at www.lakewoodhealthsystem.com