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Sometimes the greatest advances in medical technology do not feel that high tech at all. Despite this, they completely change the way we live and better our community in essential ways. Virtual visits are a great example of this. Almost overnight, they have forever changed how people receive health care and access their provider. On the Iron Range, this change can be seen most prominently by the uptick in virtual visits offerings provided by local healthcare systems. While face-to-face visits will always be essential in some situations, virtual visits have become a wonderful resource for both patients and providers.
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As a precaution to limit the spread of COVID-19, we made the hard decision to stop unnecessary in-person patient visits earlier this year. Thankfully, St. Louis County and surrounding area numbers have been staying low.
In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Fairview Mesaba Clinics will move to a “virtual first” patient care model effective Tuesday, March 31.
During this time, Fairview Mesaba Clinics in Nashwauk and Mt. Iron will be temporarily closed, with in-person care being transitioned to the Fairview Mesaba Clinic-Hibbing location.
There will be no in-person care in the Mt. Iron and Nashwauk Fairview Mesaba Clinic locations.
In addition, Fairview Range JobCare and Chiropractic services at Fairview Plaza will not be offered at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with our patients and community partners once these services are available again.
Patients who have an already-scheduled appointment will be contacted with more information about whether their appointment will take place in-person or via a virtual care option. Patients requiring in-person appointments will be seen at the Fairview Mesaba Clinic-Hibbing location.
“The health and safety of our patients, staff and community is paramount,” said Patrick Sharp, Fairview Range President and CEO. “Like many healthcare facilities, we are reserving face-to-face visits for urgent conditions and using advanced virtual-care technologies to meet the needs of patients with less urgent conditions.”
Fairview Mesaba Clinic patients will continue to receive care through alternative options, including E-visits and secure messaging to their providers through MyChart; telephone visits; video visits; and OnCare.org – a 24/7 online clinic, in which patients meet virtually with a provider from the comfort and safety of their own homes while receiving the same quality care they’ve come to expect during an in-person visit.
“Delivering most care virtually allows for appropriate social distancing while maintaining a small core of healthcare workers on site,” said Sharp, “We are urging patients to call 218-362-6682 for assistance before coming in so that we can assess their condition.”
"Our Fairview Range team has really done a great job in preparing for this,” continues Sharp. “I want to let our patients know we are here to provide their care. It may be a little different than what they're used to but we stand ready to provide the same high-quality, personal care throughout this challenging time," said Sharp.
Fairview Range continues to strongly encourage patients, their families, and community members to take everyday precautions to protect against respiratory illnesses caused by COVID-19, the flu and the common cold.
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