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Mask Guidelines for Patients and Caregivers (4/15/2020)
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently updated their coronavirus (COVID-19 virus) guidelines to recommend wearing face coverings whenever going out in public. For the safety of all of our patients and staff, Minnesota Oncology requires all patients and caregivers to wear face coverings when coming to our clinics.
Face coverings are material worn over the mouth and nose, such as a cloth mask or bandana. They are usually made at home using common materials such as fabric scraps or a t-shirt. Minnesota Oncology clinics have been collecting homemade masks from generous donors, so if you do not have a mask available, please request one when you enter the clinic.
Face coverings help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus by keeping droplets from spreading in the air when the wearer breaths out, talks, or coughs. They are especially useful to help prevent people who have the COVID-19 virus but do not have any symptoms from unknowingly spreading it to others.
It is important to note that face coverings are not the same as medical facemasks and are not intended to protect the wearer from exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Due to severe supply shortages, medical facemasks should be reserved for healthcare professionals and others who need this type of protection. Speak with your care team if you would like more information about medical facemasks.
Virtual appointments are now available for select office visits. For your safety and convenience, our expert team has begun to see patients through scheduled virtual appointments on a secure platform. Virtual appointments are only available for select office visits and cannot be used for emergency medical care. Visit our Telemedicine page for more information.
Beginning Monday, March 30, we are no longer permitting guests with patients with the exception of interpreters, those needed for mobility assistance, and new patient consults. We know this may cause some inconvenience to you, but our efforts right now are focused on the health and safety of our patients, families and employees. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
In light of the Stay Home Executive Order announced by Minnesota Governor Time Walz on March 25, we wanted to reassure you that Minnesota Oncology remains open to provide medically necessary, life-sustaining care. Our office is committed to the health and safety of our community and has implemented rigorous policies and procedures to limit the exposure risks of any individual visiting our clinics.
Read the full statement.
Note: This page will be updated continually with the latest information for Minnesota Oncology patients and caregivers. Thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding as we work to keep you safe!)
If you are healthy and seeking ways to help in the midst of this crisis, we will continue to share some options here:
We are facing a pandemic and the role of our healthcare workers is critical. Our oncology staff is in needs of supplies. Cancer doesn't take a break during a pandemic, and neither does our care. Please visit the link below to complete our donation survey and learn more about our process. Thank you for considering a donation!
Due to COVID-19, it is highly likely that blood donations are down. A healthy blood supply is important to our patient population. Please consider a donation to one of these organizations: