COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information

Last updated: 4/3/2020

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If you are a health professional please see our COVID-19 Clinician Toolkit.

Important COVID-19 information for our patient families


Visiting hospital patients

  • Two consistent legal guardians may be at the bedside during a patient’s stay. No other visitors will be permitted, including siblings. Compassionate exceptions may be possible and must be arranged with the patient care manager of the unit. Read more about COVID-19 visitor standards here.

Primary and specialty care clinics


If you believe your child has symptoms of COVID-19

  • If your child is a Children’s Minnesota patient (or a patient of a Children’s Health Network clinic), please call our COVID-19 Nurse Line at 952-99-COVID. We urge you to stay home and call before coming to the emergency room or clinic.
  • If your child is not a Children’s Minnesota or Children’s Health Network patient, or if you have questions about the virus, please call the MDH hotline at 651-201-3920.

Elective surgeries have been postponed

What you need to know about COVID-19

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is an illness that looks similar to common respiratory diseases like the common cold, influenza or pneumonia. Experts believe the virus spreads person-to-person through close contact. It can also spread through surfaces, especially if a person touches something with the virus on it then touches their mouth, nose or eyes before washing their hands.

  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Difficulty breathing.

Yes, there are reported cases of coronavirus in children around the world. It does appear that they experience milder symptoms than adults do. Their symptoms are more like the common cold.

Most people with COVID-19, including children, do not have serious problems. After seeing a doctor, most get better with rest and fluids. People who are very ill get care in a hospital with breathing help, IV fluids and other treatments.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Stay home from work when you are sick and avoid others who are sick.
  • Clean surfaces in your home with usual household cleaners and disinfectants.
  • Social distancing is important. Try and stand 6 feet away from others, do not shake hands and avoid crowds.

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