Guidance for hospital visitors while observing COVID-19 safety measures and guidelines:

  • No children to visit under age 12.
  • Visitors are expected to wear a face mask at all times.
  • Visitors may use public spaces such as; cafeteria, lounges, and public restrooms.
  • It is important to practice good hand hygiene, maintain 6 foot physical distance, and stay home when sick.
  • If you have traveled outside the state, you are advised not to visit for 14 days.
  • Visiting hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Ready to get your vaccine? Call the Perham Health Clinic at (218) 347-1200 to schedule an appointment.

We know there is an overwhelming amount of information being published regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Please remember to get your information from reliable sources. Take some time to learn about the facts and talk with your primary care provider if needed, so that you can make an informed decision that will be best for you and your family.

Perham Health is currently scheduling vaccinations for people age 12 and over. You may call the Perham Health clinic at (218) 347-1200 to schedule an appointment.

Having a safe and effective vaccine is a top priority. There is no live virus in the vaccine so you cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. Even though the vaccine was developed quickly, the science behind creating the vaccine (messenger RNA) has been in development for over a decade. Nothing has been skipped in the science and research to determine the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine. Tens of thousands of people have participated in the clinical trials testing the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness.

The vaccine provides 95% protection from contracting COVID-19 after completing the 2-shot series.

Side effects of the vaccine are typical of those that one would experience with any other vaccine; low-grade fever, body aches, headache, and injection site pain, redness, and swelling. Side effects are a sign that your body is doing its job accepting the vaccine and building antibodies.

Yes. We do not know how much protection is provided from having had the virus, or how long that protection lasts. Science indicates you should still get vaccinated, because the vaccine is much more predictable in its level of protection and immunity. If you have recently had confirmed COVID-19, talk to your primary care provider about any concerns.

Yes. There are three reasons you should receive the vaccine:

  • We have a social responsibility to protect others.
    Even though you might not be at high risk for becoming seriously ill or dying from the virus, we all have a responsibility to not spread it to others that are at high risk. The more people that are vaccinated, the fewer people there will be to spread COVID-19.
  • We need to develop immunity as safely as possible.
    The risk of getting the virus can lead to long-term health consequences and even death. The vaccine has not been shown to cause any of these complications. COVID-19 will continue to be in our society indefinitely. It will be one of the viral illnesses just like chickenpox, measles, influenza, etc., that we live with. At some point in our lives, we will all need to become immune to the virus. Science indicates the vaccine is a safer and much more predictable method of achieving immunity.
  • The quicker we develop immunity, the sooner we can unmask and get back to normal.
    It is estimated that when 75-80% of the population is vaccinated, the country will develop immunity. It is possible to have this accomplished by springtime if we all do our part and get vaccinated. The sooner we get vaccinated to protect our family, friends, and neighbors from COVID-19, the sooner our kids can go back to school, restaurants, bars, and businesses can reopen, and we can gather together once again.

What you Need to Know About COVID-19

Perham Health is committed to the health of our patients, residents, employees, and the communities we serve. We will continue to provide the most current COVID-19 information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Fever of 100.4°+
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills or shaking chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Body aches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Change headache to new onset headache
  • New onset nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Excessive fatigue
  • If you suspect you are infected or have symptoms, do not go to work and do not travel.

Call your doctor’s office. Do not go directly to your clinic. Be ready to report your symptoms, recent travels, and possible exposures.

You should only go to the emergency department if you are having difficulty breathing.

If you are hospitalized with COVID there is a treatment protocol that we follow that is individualized to the patient.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Practice good respiratory and hand hygiene:
    • Cover your cough and sneezes.
    • Wash your hands often (for at least 20 seconds) and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home if ill.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID or have been exposed to a COVID positive person, call your health care provider to see if you should get tested

The price of diagnostic laboratory testing for COVID-19 through Perham Health is $140.

Most insurance companies and government programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, have taken steps to ensure coverage to eliminate patient or out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 testing at this time.

Help Stop the Spread

Watch this video to learn more about COVID-19, how it’s spread, and how to prevent getting