COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Due to a national vaccine supply shortage, M Health Fairview is currently giving COVID-19 vaccines only to paid and unpaid healthcare workers who are unable to work remotely, people age 50 and older, people with certain conditions or disabilities as described in Phase 1B Tier 4 of the state's plan, and people who are members of specific racial or ethnic groups that have experienced disproportionately high rates of COVID-19 infection during the pandemic. To find out if you meet the criteria to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please visit mhealthfairview.org/covid19/covid19-vaccine.
If you are a patient who sees a provider at a University of Minnesota Physicians (M Physicians) or M Health Fairview clinic and believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please use OnCare or E-Visits to determine if you should be tested for coronavirus.
If you have additional questions related to COVID-19, please call 1-855-324-7843.
For real-time updates, please reference the Centers for Disease Control, Minnesota Department of Health and the World Health Organization.
University of Minnesota Physicians Screening for COVID-19
University of Minnesota Physicians (M Physicians) is actively monitoring the global COVID-19 outbreak and is taking precautions to prevent the spread of all respiratory illnesses. Our providers are using guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to evaluate patients for COVID-19.
If you are an employee of M Physicians, you can access information about COVID-19 here.
What to do if you suspect you have COVID-19?
Enhanced Visitor Restrictions
I don’t have COVID-19 but have an appointment at one of your locations. What should I do?
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please follow these instructions:
Go to OnCare.org or E-Visits, our 24/7 online clinics. Once there, create an account and start your evaluation. Once you have submitted your information, you will receive care instructions relevant to your needs. If multiple people in your family need testing, each will have to start a separate case in OnCare.org or E-Visits.
After reviewing the information you submitted about your symptoms and exposure, our care providers will contact you with follow-up instructions regarding your care.
If you are experiencing symptoms including fever or cough - you should self-quarantine for a minimum of seven days after illness onset, or 72 hours after resolution of fever (without taking fever-reducing medications) and improvement of respiratory symptoms, whichever is longer.
There is no treatment recommended for COVID-19. Patients may also be asked to self-quarantine at home in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Once information you submitted about your symptoms and exposure has been reviewed, you may be directed to come to an M Physicians or M Health Fairview clinic location for testing.
Test samples are submitted to the Minnesota Department of Health for evaluation. If you test positive, you will be contacted by your provider or a member of the care team and will receive further care instructions.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Precautions include:
- Wash your hands frequently. Use soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Wear a mask.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap/water are not readily available.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you’re feeling sick.
- Limit in person meetings when possible. For small group meetings (four people or fewer), we recommend using a work phone. For larger meetings, phone conferencing software without video is preferred to avoid overwhelming our network video capabilities.
- Avoid group activities that would cause a large group of people to have close contact (less than 6 feet apart).
Effective Jan. 21, 2021
As the positivity rate in our community declines and the number of COVID-19 positive and PUIs in our hospitals drops, we are making changes to our visitor policy. Everyone—including patients, visitors, employees, and others—is required to wear a mask when entering one of our clinics, hospitals, or other locations. Below are a few important updates:
- One consistent visitor is allowed for adult inpatients, outpatients, and Emergency Department patients.
- One visitor is allowed at clinic appointments for adult patients; two visitors are allowed for children under 18.
- Adult surgical patients can have one visitor only before surgery.
- Two consistent visitors are allowed for pediatric patients in all areas (this guidance is now extended to outpatients).
Staff are asked to continue to enforce restrictions on visitor hours, the number of visitors, and our masking requirements. Work with your site management to address any exceptions or issues related to non-compliance. For everyone’s health and safety, encourage visitors to remain in patient rooms as much as possible.
Contacting a loved one during visitor restrictions
Learn how patients can connect virtually with their loved ones during these times through this handout..
University of Minnesota Physicians has video and phone visit options available in addition to in-person visits. Please call us at 612-273-8383 and we can help you schedule a visit. If it's possible to see your provider through a video visit, we'll guide you through that process.
We take precautions to prevent the spread of all respiratory illness. If you are worried about coming to the clinic and it’s appropriate, consider virtual care such as an e-visit with your provider or OnCare.org.
Numerous M Health Fairview clinics are transitioning to virtual-only appointments. See the complete list.
M Health Fairview COVID-19 Vaccine Information
This webpage shares the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines, starting with answers to frequently asked questions.
Statewide Mask Mandate
Masks are required for all patients and visitors to our facilities, with exceptions for children under age 2, those with health conditions who cannot wear masks, and those needing emergency care. If you are unable to wear a mask and do not need emergency care, we suggest arranging for virtual care through Oncare.org.
Information About COVID-19 Testing From M Health Fairview
There are two kinds of COVID-19 testing – diagnostic (also called PCR or viral) and antibody (serologic) testing. The diagnostic test uses a sample from your nose or throat and tells us if someone has the virus at the time of the test. The antibody test uses a blood test and tells us if someone’s immune system has fought the virus already. If so, it’s a sign that they had the virus in the past.
Diagnostic testing: M Health Fairview is offering diagnostic tests for adults and children who have COVID-19 symptoms at a handful of drive-up sites across the Twin Cities. Learn more.
Antibody testing: Antibody testing, also known as serologic testing, is available for anyone who would like to be tested. We offer two ways for people to get an antibody test: testing by referral and retail testing by appointment. Learn more.
- M Health Fairview COVID-19 Digital Resource Hub
- Includes vaccine information, FAQs and guidelines.
- University of Minnesota Medical School
- University of Minnesota Physicians Employee Resources
- Minnesota Department of Health
- University of Minnesota Safe Campus
- M Health Fairview COVID-19 Digital Resource Hub