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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine | I’ve received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine – what should I do?
On Tuesday, April 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a joint recommendation to pause distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after reported cases of rare blood clotting events in recipients. As a result, Mayo Clinic will follow this guidance and pause on delivering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until further notice. This rare blood clotting reaction has occurred in 6 people out of nearly 7 million people who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If you have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the last three weeks and are experiencing unexplained severe symptoms, you should seek emergency care. Learn more about symptoms to be aware of and get answers to your questions.
COVID-19 | Our comeback story can’t be written without you.
A great comeback takes great teamwork. Do your part and get a COVID-19 vaccine when it’s your turn. Mayo Clinic Health System is currently vaccinating those who meet Minnesota’s criteria for vaccination. Mayo Clinic Health System patients can directly schedule their vaccination appointment using Patient Online Services or the Mayo Clinic App. Check availability in the “New Appointment” section of Patient Online Services. Select the “COVID-19 Vaccination” box to determine if times are available. If you are not a Mayo Clinic Health System patient or do not have access to Patient Online Services, call 507-594-2100 to schedule an appointment. Vaccine supply of Pfizer and Moderna continues to be limited. If there are no open appointments for a COVID-19 Vaccine, continue to check back and consider these additional tools to help you find the vaccine in your community:
Vaccine Spotter is a tool that can help you track down COVID-19 appointment openings at Minnesota pharmacies (it’s updated every minute).
Follow MN VAX Alerts on Twitter and turn on notifications to know when something opens up.
A Community of Immunity: Mayo Clinic Health System is partnering with community organizations in our effort to be a community of immunity. Please see the attached county specific flyers to share in your community. If you would like additional materials to share like social media images or would like to learn more about materials available, please email email@example.com. Together, we can achieve the important milestone of herd immunity.
Tips to keep stress from hurting your heart | Everyone reacts to stress differently, and how you react can lead to health issues
Periods of excessive and pervasive stress may affect behaviors and factors that increase heart disease risk, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, smoking, physical inactivity and overeating. Your body’s response to stress can include a headache, back strain, stomach pains and other physical symptoms. Stress can also make you feel tired, disturb normal sleep patterns, and leave you feeling irritable, forgetful and out of control. When stress is constant, your body remains in high gear off and on for days or weeks at a time, which can lead to health problems. Managing stress levels always is a good idea when it comes to your overall health. Reducing stress can take many forms. Following these initial steps in managing stress, you can move to specific management skills and techniques. Adopt thins from each of these categories: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Learn more about skills you can adopt.
Commitment to Community An individual’s health and well-being are influenced not only by health care, but by the health of the communities in which they live, work and raise their family. Mayo Clinic Health System is proud of its partnerships with local and regional programs, initiatives and events that make a positive, lasting impact on community well-being.
Minnesota Helpline: For questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, call 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504.
The primary focus of Mayo Clinic Health System is the health and safety of patients, staff and our community. Know that we’re working diligently to ensure you receive the level of care, whether for COVID-19 or other concerns, that you’ve come to expect from Mayo Clinic Health System.
Below are some important updates we wanted to share with you:
COVID-19 Vaccine | Mayo Clinic experts agree: You should get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it’s available to you. Vaccination efforts for community members in Southwest Minnesota are being led and implemented by public health officials — not by Mayo Clinic Health System. Public Health departments are planning vaccination events for the public. This could change in the future as Public Health solidifies their plans and receives additional vaccines.
All the talk about COVID-19 vaccines may leave you wanting more information about vaccines in general. From vaccine hesitant to vaccine proponent, Dr. Casey Clements, a Mayo Clinic emergency medicine physician shares his story. It’s important to know, the vaccines we’re recommending have been approved for safe use. Here are answers to 6 common questions about vaccines.
WEBINAR VIDEO: Miss the recent Southwest Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccination webinar? Watch the recorded video.
Five Clinics to Reopen and Hospital Visitor Policy Updates in Southwest Minnesota SWMN regional hospitals (Fairmont, Mankato, New Prague, St. James and Waseca) updated their visitor policy, effective Friday, Jan. 15, to allow a single visitor for inpatients. Each patient is allowed to identify one visitor for the duration of their stay. Compassionate exceptions for additional visitors may be granted on a case-by-case basis. All visitors will be screened prior to hospital entry.
The clinics at Mankato-Northridge, Le Sueur, Janesville and Waterville, Minnesota reopened for patient care on Monday, Jan. 18. The clinic in Belle Plaine, Minnesota will reopen Monday, Jan. 25.
Healthy Resolutions | Reflect, plan, focus, enjoyThe start of the new year is a time to reflect on the changes you want to make. Whether you’re kicking a bad habit or trying to pick up a good one, getting the courage to make a healthy change is the first step. Habits are easy to fall back into because they provide a sense of comfort. The challenges, changes and stresses of the pandemic may have you hesitating on what resolutions to make. As you reflect, spend time preparing, planning and setting a SMART goal to position you for long-term success. Also, consider these tips for a successful year. FREE WEBINAR: Fitness & Weight Management – Starting the New Year Out Right Join Nicholle Oman, Mayo Clinic Health System dietitian, on Thursday, Jan. 28 from 12 to 12:45 p.m. to go back to the basics when it comes to eating. Learn how eating healthy is about more than just weight and eating routines. She will also discuss emotional and mindful eating. Registration required.
Grant money awarded to advance racial equity in Southwest Minnesota As part of its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, Mayo Clinic Health System in Southwest Minnesota is awarding $20,000 in grants to five regional non-profit organizations. Funding for these grants comes from Mayo Clinic’s newly established EverybodyIn Fund for Change. Donations to the fund were made by Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System staff and matched by the organization.
Outreach and Education – New Prague Chapter of PFLAG
Youth Racial Justice Facilitator Program – MY Place
Closing the “Provider of Color” Gap within Behavioral Healthcare – Minnesota State University, Mankato College of Allied Health and Nursing
Women in Transition – Life-Work Planning Center
Outreach and Communication – Open Door Health Center
Minnesota Helpline: For questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, call 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504.
Belle Plaine changing COVID-19 testing protocols
Testing for COVID-19 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Belle Plaine will be by appointment only beginning Monday, Feb. 1. In addition, testing hours will change to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Due to decreasing demand, appointments will no longer be available on weekends beginning the weekend of Jan. 30-31, 2021. The change to an appointment basis will increase efficiency and provide a more accurate time frame for patients who need to be tested for COVID-19. Patients can also use a new “Check Symptoms” feature in the Patient Online Services portal beginning Feb. 1 to self-schedule an appointment to be tested for COVID-19. Current patients, as well as those who haven’t received care at Mayo Clinic Health System previously, may also call the Mayo Clinic COVID-19 Nurse Line at 507-293-9525 to inquire about testing and schedule an appointment. Visit Mayo Clinic Health System’s COVID-19 resource site for contact information; the most up-to-the-minute information about COVID-19; and what to do if you have symptoms, unrelated health care needs, or need to visit someone at the clinic or hospital.
COVID-19 | Preparing for the Holiday Week Traditions play a big part in our lives during the holidays. However, it can be difficult to maintain the same traditions each year due to family changes. This year’s COVID-19 pandemic brings additional challenges and concerns. We’ve compiled a few resources to help you plan Thanksgiving week:
COVID-19 Testing:For your convenience and to help staff manage the increased volume at Mayo Clinic Health System testing sites, call your primary care provider or the Mayo Clinic COVID-19 Nurse Line at 507-293-9525. Community testing sites are also available. Learn more.
Quarantine vs. Isolation | What’s the difference? Preventing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 is key to slowing the pandemic. People who have symptoms, or who have suspected or known exposure to the virus, should practice self-quarantine or self-isolation. But what do the terms mean, and which should you do? Learn more
EverybodyIN Fund for Change | Submit applications by Nov. 29 Mayo Clinic has a long history of supporting organizations working to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. In 2020, employees of Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System demonstrated their own passion for making this work by making financial contributions to the EverybodyIN Fund for Change. $20,000 in Fund for Change grants are available to SWMN to support nonprofit organizations working to fight racism and advance equity, diversity and inclusion. Learn more and apply online. Discover how gratitude can change your life Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we are thankful for and open your heart to gratitude. However, 2020 has brought new challenges to many of us, which can make it difficult to feel grateful. Practicing thankfulness is one way to boost your spirits, feel happier and enhance your overall health. Join us for a month-long virtual program starting this week to “Discover Gratitude” with daily journaling of the big and small things in life for which you are thankful. Learn more. Mayo Clinic research confirms critical role of masks in preventing COVID-19 infection New, unpublished data from researchers at Mayo Clinic strongly support the protective value and effectiveness of widespread mask use and maintaining physical distance in helping stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Learn more. Help us spread the word about the importance of masking by participating in ‘Why I Mask.’ Submit a photo of yourself protecting others by wearing your mask to be shared on Mayo Clinic Health System’s social media channels. Get the details.
Elective appointment deferment
While our elective appointments and surgeries are being deferred, we will still see patients who have acute care needs, such as illnesses, injuries or required monitoring. For your own health and to help slow the spread of COVID-19, it is important for you to call first before visiting a hospital or clinic.
Testing is not available on a walk-in basis and patients must meet testing criteria. For our Mayo Clinic Health System patients in New Prague and the surrounding communities, call 952-758-4461 to speak to our dedicated COVID-19 Nurse Line. If it is determined that you require testing, you will be directed to one of our dedicated drive through testing sites.
Please note COVID-19 testing is not available inside Mayo Clinic Health System campuses, including the Emergency Department.
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Mediacom FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mediacom Extends Company Initiatives to Combat Spread of Coronavirus MEDIACOM PARK, NY – April 30, 2020 — Mediacom Communications announced today the company extension through June 30, 2020 of a series of previously announced initiatives directed at helping American families address work, education and health care challenges created by the Coronavirus pandemic. Specific initiatives include: • Offering the Mediacom Connect2Compete low-cost Internet program free for 60 days to new qualifying families. • Extending the pricing of Mediacom’s Access Internet 60 service to new customers at $19.99 per month for 12 months (currently retails for $29.99 per month). • Pausing monthly data allowances across all Mediacom Internet service tiers. • Providing complimentary access to all Mediacom Xtream Wi-Fi Hotspots. “The Coronavirus pandemic has forced schools across the nation to close their facilities and quickly implement online learning programs,” said John Pascarelli, Mediacom’s EVP of Operations. “By extending these initiatives through June 30th, Mediacom hopes to help students, teachers and administrators safely and successfully finish the 2019-20 school year.” Along with these initiatives, Mediacom joined a number of other Internet service providers in recommitting to the Keep Americans Connected Pledge issued by Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai. As part of this pledge, Mediacom will not disconnect Internet or phone services or assess late fees to any customer that calls and informs the company that they cannot pay their bills through June 30th due to a COVID-19 related issue. # # # About Mediacom Communications Mediacom Communications Corporation is the 5th largest cable operator in the United States and the leading gigabit broadband provider to smaller markets primarily in the Midwest and Southeast. Through its fiber-rich network, Mediacom provides high-speed data, video and phone services to nearly 1.4 million households and businesses across 22 states. The company delivers scalable broadband solutions to commercial and public-sector customers of all sizes through Mediacom Business, and sells advertising and production services under the OnMedia brand. More information about Mediacom is available at www.mediacomcable.com. Contact: Thomas Larsen SVP – Government & Public Relations (845) 443-2754 firstname.lastname@example.org Schmitty and Sons We recognize that with the constantly changing COVID-19 situation around the world, this is an unprecedented time for everyone. A time that, for many, is filled with uncertainty. Our hearts and thoughts go out to each and every one of you. For more than 60 years, Schmitty & Sons has focused on our mission of safety for our passengers, employees, and the communities that we serve. This lasting mission guides us as we closely monitor, assess, and respond to this situation. We appreciate the trust you have placed in us as your transportation partner. In response to the current situation, we’ve implemented our business continuity plan that examines all areas of business operations at every Schmitty & Sons location and have taken actions to ensure continued service to our customers. Rest assured, we are prepared to serve you. First and foremost, our plan ensures the health and safety of our employees, so we can continue to deliver and support the transportation service you count on. We know many are concerned about how the impact the global health situation is having on our employees. Schmitty & Sons is proud to support our employees in their critical roles. Precautionary measures have been taken to limit the potential spread of the virus, to support our employees in this challenging time and to ensure we maintain our ability to serve you, our customer, for the long term. Our senior leadership team remains vigilant and is monitoring the situation in real time and responding rapidly as conditions evolve. New Market Elko Webster Lions Club The N.E.W. lions have 2 raffles in play that must be delayed. All charitable gambling sites were shut down March 17th when all bars and restaurants in MN were closed. The gun raffle drawing for April 17 at the Double Wide and the 52 club raffle at Wagner park on May 1st have been postponed. We hope to announce new dates as soon as the Covid-19 shutdown is over. We apologize to our loyal supporters for this inconvenience. Contact Lion Bob Larsen email@example.com N.E.W. Lions Charitable Gambling manager with any questions or concerns. Dakota Electric Click to see the newsletter from Dakota Electric.Grazing Acres
Grazing Acres is working hard to be able to share our meat with anyone who may be looking for an alternative place to “shop” right now. We work with two different butcher shops; both family-owned, one State-Inspected and the other Federally-Inspected and have standing dates to continue to bring animals in for quarters, halves and any ground or specialty cuts people may be looking for. We do ask that people contact us to set up a time to come by the farm and an idea of what they would like so we can adjust what we have on hand. They can reach out to us via our Facebook page or website.
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Northfield Hospital If community members would like to donate supplies like N95 masks they can email: firstname.lastname@example.orgAmerican Family Insurance Open for business. Endzone Bar and Grill Open for take out. Zweber Farms Open for business. email@example.com
Niemeyer Trailer Sales
We will be closed during the Safe at Home Executive order. Please view our inventory, Truck Toppers, RV Parts Catalog and Summer tent trailer rentals on line. We will be available to answer any questions during this time by phone 952-461-2525 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to contact me directly email@example.com
Seniors At Home Seniors at Home, Inc. is providing free grocery shopping and delivery for Elko New Market residents. In addition, Seniors at Home, Inc. can provide free food assistance for those in need, however, assistance is limited to Elko New Market residents. Food will be delivered to their home. The owner is a resident of Elko New Market. Residents can email, text or call to request service.
Business Relief Program Applications will be accepted starting at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021 and will be processed and awarded on a rolling basis until all funds are disbursed, or until March 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. ScottCo-EO20-99-Business-Relief-Guidelines-FINAL