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COVID-19 Hub & Vaccine Information

SCMC has the Pfizer bivalent vaccine available for ages 6 mos. & up.  
Schedule an appointment by calling (320) 589-7600.

We continue to follow the recommended guidelines for medical facilities and all patients and visitors. Masking is based on the community transmission levels. Signage will be posted as to the current recommendations for masks.

CDC recommends changes to simplify use of bivalent COVID-19 vaccines

On April 18th , 2023, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommended that Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 bivalent vaccines be used for all doses administered to people 6 months of age and older including an additional dose or doses for certain populations.

  • Most unvaccinated people should receive a single dose of a COVID-19 bivalent vaccine, rather than multiple doses of the original monovalent mRNA vaccines.
  • For people previously vaccinated with a monovalent COVID-19 vaccine, who have not yet received a dose of a bivalent vaccine, a single dose of a bivalent vaccine is recommended.
  • People 65 years of age and older who have received a single dose of a bivalent vaccine may receive one additional dose at least four months following their initial bivalent dose.
  • People with certain immunocompromised conditions who have received a bivalent
    vaccine may receive a single additional dose of a bivalent vaccine at least 2 months apart.
  • Additional doses may be administered at the discretion of, and at intervals determined by their health care provider.
  • For children 6 months through 5 years of age, the primary series still consists of multiple doses. Providers should refer to the CDC Interim Clinical Considerations: Use of COVID-19 Vaccines in the United States as number of doses will depend on the child’s vaccination history.
For people who have a known exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, we encourage them to follow Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) quarantine guidelines and practice strict mask wearing for the entire 10 days. If symptoms develop, a test can be scheduled.
SCMC has testing available Monday-Friday between 9am - 1pm. You don’t need to see a provider to be tested, but you do need to call for an appointment at (320) 589-7636. Please present to the Urgent & Respiratory Clinic. 
NOTE: If you are asymptomatic and it is for work, travel, or pre-op surgical procedures, you can go to the main entrance to check in. A lab appointment is still required.
  • Fever
  • Body aches
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of taste and or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea/vomiting

Per the CDC current mask recommendations based on community transmission levels, signage will be clearly displayed at entrances. 

All visitors must be without signs or symptoms of illness. During the entire visit, stay in the room, wash hands and practice social distancing. 

1) COVID-19 negative patients may have healthy visitors per their discretion.  

2) COVID-19 positive patients: 

  • Hospitalized patients- Immediate family/ designated caregiver may visit
  • If the patient is at the end of life, additional visitors may be approved by the physician and/or charge nurse. 

For patients presenting to ER with respiratory symptoms, the physician and nursing staff will determine how many persons will be allowed to support the patient. 

If you are unsure if you need a test or need to talk to someone about your symptoms you can call your primary provider.

What type of COVID-19 test should I take?

In general, there are two types of diagnostic tests for COVID-19: molecular and antigen. At SCMC, we focus on molecular testing. These tests detect the virus’s genetic material and are considered highly accurate. You might hear these tests referred to as a “PCR” amongst others. Although results are typically available within 72 hours, it may take longer to get results, depending on the volumes of tests being conducted.

On the other hand, antigen tests look for specific proteins on the surface of the virus. These tests are often done at community sites, businesses, or at home. While they can produce results quickly, they may not be as accurate. However, a positive antigen test is considered a probable case of COVID-19.

For more information about COVID-19 tests, visit:

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URGENT & RESPIRATORY CLINIC

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
Weekends & Holidays 9am-12:30pm

*No weekend or Holiday walk-in COVID-19 testing available. COVID-19 testing is done Monday-Friday by appointment only.

*Reminder the entrance for Urgent & Respiratory Care is on north side (First Street) located by the Emergency Room entrance.