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121 Drew Ave SE, Madelia, MN 56062


February 16, 2021

Patients 65+ Asked to Call in on COVID-19 Vaccine Request Line - 507.642.5214

The Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic (MCHC) is now asking people over the age of 65 to phone our COVID-19 Vaccine Request Line if they are still in need of the vaccine. The number to call is 507.642.5214. This number will be answered by an automated voice mail system, and callers will be asked to leave their name, phone number, and date of birth on the recording. When MCHC has vaccine available, these callers will be phoned to set up an appointment.

Initially MCHC had planned to call our older patients directly for COVID-19 vaccine appointments, but that has proven to be a daunting task. Many have already received the vaccine from another health care entity, or are difficult to reach. We are vaccinating patients based on age, starting with our oldest patients, and continuing down the list until we get to those that have just turned 65. After we have completed vaccinating this group, we will move on to the next phase. 

The State of Minnesota allocates limited quantities of the vaccine to facilities like MCHC, but we do not know how much or what kind of vaccine will be supplied until three to four days before it arrives. The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses, 21 days apart; the Moderna vaccine requires two doses, 28 days apart. The patient needs to be available for two appointments to receive both doses of the vaccine. MCHC is not the only medical entity administering vaccines. If you are contacted by another health care system, by the state or county first, we encourage you to get the vaccine as soon as possible. Please do not make appointments with two different entities.

The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were received by MCHC in December. Since then we have vaccinated MCHC caregivers, Madelia police, ambulance, and fire departments, school staff in Madelia and Lake Crystal and many of our oldest patients. We encourage patients to watch our Facebook page and our website www.mchospital.org for the latest information and announcements regarding vaccine distribution. 

Concerns about the vaccine’s effectiveness and side effects have been minimal. Among the MCHC caregivers already vaccinated, side effects were rare and not serious. The risks of COVID-19 far outweigh any risk from the vaccine. Visit the CDC website for the most current information on COVID-19: https://www.coronavirus.gov/

February 3, 2021

Vaccinations GIven in Madelia and Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Schools this week

Last Saturday, January 30th, we were notified by MDH that the Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic and the Lake Crystal Clinic would each receive 100 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The state requires that 90% of the vaccines that we are issued be administered within 72 hours, or we will not be allocated as many doses in the future. So we needed to act fast! 

After conferring with Watonwan County Public Health and Blue Earth County Public Health, we were told that both counties are behind on vaccinating the school staff due to a shortage of the vaccine. So the decision was made to vaccinate the staff at Madelia and St. Mary's schools with the MCHC doses, and to vaccinate the Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial school staff with the Lake Crystal Clinic doses. School personnel are in the first tier of the CDC vaccination guidelines, above those 65 and older. We could have donated the vaccine to the counties for their large immunization clinics, but we chose to go directly to the schools and both schools were very receptive to having us come in to do the vaccinations. A plan to vaccinate our patients over 65 is in place and will be starting very soon.

On Wednesday afternoon (February 3rd), two teams of MCHC caregivers were deployed to the Madelia High School and Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Elementary and High School to get teachers and other staff vaccinated. Two MCHC nurses and three extra staff members were needed to monitor the patients after the vaccinations at both locations. The school nurses at both locations helped with staffing too, and by 4 p.m. everyone was vaccinated! This was a true collaboration between the county, the schools and MCHC. 



December 24, 2020


Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic (MCHC) received 65 doses of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine, and began inoculating our Patient Care staff and Emergency Medical Responders. The group of caregivers was split into two groups to mitigate the possibility of staff shortages due to possible adverse reactions. We are happy to say adverse reactions to the vaccine have been minimal.

MCHC urges area residents to be patient, continue to wear masks, and social distance while initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are distributed."We have been working with the South Central Healthcare Coalition and other partners to help ensure that the vaccine gets to those who are in priority populations," said Brandon Miller, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and RN with MCHC. "There are limited doses of the vaccine available during these initial shipments, and it will take time, perhaps months, before it’s readily available to the general public. These availability dates are being coordinated with state and local healthcare officials."

“The vaccine has been proven to be safe and has been 95-percent effective in clinical trials.” said Eric Weller, Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coordinator for the South Central Healthcare Coalition. “The arrival of the vaccine does not mean an immediate end to this pandemic. People will still need to wear masks, social distance and seek medical care if they are feeling ill.”

Weller and Miller encourage people to remain home as much as possible, stay at least six feet away from other people in public places, telework if you can, and avoid close contact with people who are sick. In addition, if you are 65 and older or have certain underlying medical conditions, stay at home and avoid situations where you could be exposed, including travel.

Details about the further availability of the COVID-19 vaccine will be released when they are known. Announcements will be made here and the MCHC Facebook page.

COVID-19 Viral Testing:

Please call ahead and make an appointment at our Clinic, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays, or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Phone: 507.642.5200.

Drive up testing is done weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Call the Clinic to request drive up testing at 507.642.5200. Results will take 4 to 5 days. Patients will receive a phone call and results in the mail.

Urgent Care/Emergency Room testing can be done on the weekends if ordered by a medical provider.

COVID-19 Antibody Testing:

MCHC is offering Coronavirus Antibody Testing for $100 via direct access (patient pays before testing). The blood test is to see if you have had COVID-19 previously, NOT to see if you currently have an infection.

Those who use an antibody test need to understand its limitations. Here is what you need to know prior to testing:

  • Testing should be done at least three weeks after all COVID-19 symptoms have resolved. It can take up to three weeks for antibodies to show up after infection, longer if you are immunosuppressed.
  • False negatives are possible if collected too early or in an immunosuppressed patient.
  • False positives could mean that you have had another coronavirus infection, but not necessarily COVID-19.
  • Research is still ongoing as to whether a positive test means that you have immunity to COVID-19.
  • It may be necessary for some patients to have two tests to generate reliable results.

To be tested, please call the Clinic for an appointment with our lab at 507.642.5200. Test results will be mailed to the patient and can take several days to process.

According to the CDC, patients confirmed with COVID-19 have had mild to severe
respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Muscle Aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of taste or smell

MDH Information on symptoms and testing.

UPDATE as of 4/07/2020

Physical Therapy also Taking Appointments via Telehealth

We can now see patients in Physical Therapy via telehealth. This is a great way to see your Physical Therapist without leaving your home. If you are interested in scheduling a Telehealth appointment in Physical Therapy, just call and schedule it like a regular appointment at 507.642.5211. Here are the instructions:

UPDATE as of 3/24/2020

Clinic Taking Appointments via Telehealth

We can now see patients at the Clinic via telehealth. This is a great way to have an appointment with your provider without even leaving your home. Telehealth is not to be used for Urgent Care or for Emergency situations, but it works well for mental health visits, prescription refills, and medical follow-ups for pre-existing conditions like diabetes. If you are interested in scheduling a Telehealth Clinic appointment, just call and schedule it like a regular appointment at 507.642.5200.

No Visitors Allowed

The Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic is no longer allowing visitors in the hospital. This replaces visitor restrictions put in place on March 12 to protect patients and staff from possible exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the flu. Compassionate exemptions will be allowed; this is decided case-by-case by the charge nurse. 

The front door of MCHC (east side of building) will be locked when the Clinic is closed. After Clinic hours, use the Emergency entrance on the west side of the building. Please press the silver button for assistance. 

These restrictions are in place to protect the health of patients and staff.

UPDATE as of 3/20/2020

Madelia, Minn. –  As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly, we want to reassure you that the safety of our patients, staff and communities remains our highest priority. As part of our response, we are  continuously evaluating the  preparedness of our hospital, caregivers, supply availability and our capacity of services. We are staying vigilant on the spread of the virus in our local communities.

Restricting Elective Clinic, Physical Therapy, and Radiology Appointments

Effective March 23, 2020, MCHC is only taking appointments for Urgent Care and Emergency care.

Our care teams are currently evaluating patient appointments on a case-by-case basis. If your visit can safely be deferred four or more weeks without negatively impacting your health, your appointment may be rescheduled or may be converted to a telephone or virtual consult.

  • If you have an appointment that can be deferred, you will receive a phone call from the Madelia Clinic in the next few days to discuss your options.  We will do our best to accommodate your needs in collaboration with your provider’s schedule.
  • All patients are being screened for symptoms of COVID-19 in addition to their travel history prior to being scheduled and again when being seen for an urgent care appointment.
  • Extra visitors with patients at appointments will not be allowed, unless the patient is a minor or needs assistance. In these cases, the visitor will also go through the required screening.
  • Our clinic is open its normal scheduled hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
  • Our Physical Therapy Department is cancelling all massages until further notice.

Postponing of Elective Surgeries and Procedures

MCHC, along with hospitals throughout the state, are postponing nonessential surgeries and procedures that can be delayed without negative consequence to patients such as a threat to life, permanent disability, and spreading metastasis or a delay in cancer staging. This is in line with an executive order from Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. While this is a difficult decision, it is the right thing to do to protect our patients and preserve supplies, equipment and staffing for the most urgent and time-sensitive patient needs. We recognize that this is disappointing for our patients, but this protects their health as well. Our physicians will ensure that surgeries and procedures that are lifesaving and needed for the health of our patients will go forward. We will contact patients with upcoming elective surgeries regarding their care plans. 

We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause, but need to take necessary action to protect our caregivers and patients as much as possible. We appreciate your patience and continued trust in the Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic and our caregivers during this difficult time.

UPDATE as of 3/19/2020

We have been receiving numerous requests from employers asking us for a health care provider’s note that an employee can return to work after either a COVID-19 exposure or illness. These employees will be given this letter, but it is not a certification that the patient may return to work safely. 

Due to issues of medical confidentiality, we will not provide confirmation that a patient has been exposed to, or diagnosed with, COVID-19 infection. Individuals who have symptoms suggestive of infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath) are asked to stay at home until the following conditions are met (as recommended by CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health): 

  • At least seven days have passed since symptoms first appeared  AND
  • No fever for at least 72 hours (without the use of medicines that reduce fever) AND
  • Other symptoms have improved (for example, shortness of breath has improved)

MCHC providers are available to advise a patient regarding his/her return to work. However, we are unable to provide a note to the patient’s employer certifying that the patient may safely return to work. 

Regarding testing: There is a nationwide shortage of supplies needed to run COVID-19 tests. The Minnesota Department of Health lab will only run tests on patients who are hospitalized and suspected of being infected. They will also run tests for health care workers who are ill, and ill residents living in congregate settings, such as nursing homes. Individuals without symptoms, or who don’t fall into these categories, will not be tested for work clearance for the foreseeable future. 

Thank you for your patience regarding this matter.

The Medical Staff of MCHC      Return to Work Information


UPDATE as of 3/18/2020

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Madelia, Minn. – We know there is growing concern as the outbreak and impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves. Ensuring the health, safety and well-being of our patients and caregivers is our top priority - especially at this critical time. Here is what we want you to know: 

We are prepared to take care of you and your loved ones. We are closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and are also working with local response teams.  The CDC and MDH are still the best resources for information on the spread of the flu and COVID-19. All MCHC caregivers are following COVID-19 prevention and infection control guidelines.

MCHC Call Center to be Active Soon

We are in the process of setting up a COVID-19 Call Center at MCHC for local patients to call with questions. This phone will be answered between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, by qualified medical personnel. When ready, we will announce the launching of the Call Center, and all other pertinent information on our Facebook page and website at www.mchospital.com. MDH has also set up a hotline to call for health questions from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The MDH hotline phone number is 651.201.3920 or 1.800.657.3903. 

Update on Testing for COVID19

MDH announced yesterday that due to a national shortage of COVID-19 laboratory testing materials, the state is forced to adjust its testing criteria to focus on the highest priority specimens, including hospitalized patients. Health care workers and those in congregate living settings such as long-term care will also be given high priority. Minnesota is experiencing a shortage of testing supplies. This means that the MDH labs cannot complete the testing of samples collected from across the state. 

Experiencing Symptoms

All patients who experience undiagnosed fever and/or acute respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath), should self-quarantine for 7 days after illness onset, or 72 hours after resolution of fever (without taking fever-reducing medications), and improvement of respiratory symptoms. Patients who are unable to be tested should isolate themselves from household and intimate contacts as much as possible. Household and intimate contacts of these individuals should limit their activities in public for 14 days after incorporating precautions in the home, and monitor for symptoms.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms: fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and have traveled outside of the country or are concerned you have been infected, call your health care provider for guidance. There is no specific treatment or vaccine for COVID-19 at this time. Patients do not need to be examined by a health care provider if their symptoms are mild. We encourage patients with mild symptoms to stay at home, to decrease the possibility of transmitting the virus to others. Drink fluids to stay hydrated. Manage fever by taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Contact your medical provider if the fever is uncontrollable with over the counter medications or if you are having trouble breathing. Hospital care needs to be preserved for those who are acutely ill. Calling ahead gives us time to prepare and will help ensure patients get the appropriate treatment as needed. 

Please do not bring along additional family members to the emergency room, urgent care or the clinic. If possible, just the patient and a caregiver should be present. Visitor restrictions are in place at the hospital. 

We all have a role to play in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. All Minnesotans are encouraged to limit time spent in locations that do not allow social distancing of six feet per person. By making healthy choices and practicing social distancing, we each can help break the chain of transmission.