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COVID-19 Update from Altru

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Today Altru has expanded into additional beds as we’ve seen an additional increase in COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization. As of today, we can accommodate up to 50 patients with COVID as our staffing resources allow. This number will remain fluid as we flex to accommodate the needs presented to our hospital. We must remain accessible to all patients – those with COVID-19 and those with other needs, especially emergent needs such as stroke, heart attack, and trauma. It is imperative that the community understand they should continue to access appropriate care when they need it.

An influx in testing demand is stressing our curbside testing, with those appointments scheduling out up to 48 hours. With this, we are seeing patients with less severe COVID-19 symptoms present to our Emergency Department. Our four Express Clinic locations are available for care and testing and are accessible on a walk-in basis, with our location at Altru Professional Center open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday - Friday, and 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. We encourage the community to utilize these locations so the Emergency Department remains accessible for those with more severe care needs.

While Altru is managing the increased need for COVID care and the impact of community spread on our workforce, this is yet another reminder that the pandemic is here and the residents of our community must continue to take it seriously. We are committed to providing safe, high-quality care for our residents, we ask for the community’s help to ensure we can continue to do so. Residents can assist by wearing a face covering, observing physical distancing, and conducting good hand hygiene.

As of this morning, we had 36 COVID+ patients in our hospital, including 6 in the ICU.

About Altru Health System

Based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Altru Health System is a physician-led, multispecialty group practice with an acute care hospital, Level II trauma center, specialty hospital, more than two dozen Grand Forks, and regional practice locations, and a large home care network. Altru Health System was the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, extending Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise to the patients we serve. For more information, visit