Covid-19 Testing
Visitor Restrictions

Vaccinations

ALL Minnesotans age 12 and older can now get the COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage you to get the vaccine as soon as you can, wherever you can, even if it isn’t at Madelia Health.

If you still need the vaccine, send an email to our vaccine request address VAX@mchospital.org or call the vaccine request voice mail line at 507.642.5214. In your message, please include:

  • First Name, Middle Name, Last Name
  • Phone Number
  • Date of Birth

We will call to set up an appointment. Please note, the Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine that is available for 12 to 17- year-olds.

We encourage patients to watch our Facebook page and our website for the latest information and announcements regarding vaccine distribution.

Concerns about the vaccine’s effectiveness and side effects have been minimal. The risks of COVID-19 and the Delta variant far outweigh any risk from the vaccine.

Madelia Health Vaccine
Vaccine Team

COVID-19 Viral Testing

Please call the Clinic ahead of time and make an appointment at (507) 642-5200. The Clinic is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays, or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Do not eat or drink for 30 minutes before testing.

Drive up testing is done weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Call the Clinic to request drive up testing at (507) 642-5200. Results will take 2 to 3 days. Patients will receive a phone call and results in the mail.

Urgent Care/Emergency Room testing can be done on the weekends if ordered by a medical provider.

COVID-19 Antibody Testing

Madelia Health is offering Coronavirus Antibody Testing for $100 via direct access (patient pays before testing). The blood test is to see if you have had COVID-19 previously, NOT to see if you currently have an infection.

Those who use an antibody test need to understand its limitations. Here is what you need to know prior to testing:

  • Testing should be done at least three weeks after all COVID-19 symptoms have resolved. It can take up to three weeks for antibodies to show up after infection, longer if you are immunosuppressed.
  • Antibody tests may be positive if you have been vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • False negatives are possible if collected too early or in an immunosuppressed patient.
  • False positives could mean that you have had another coronavirus infection, but not necessarily COVID-19.
  • Research is still ongoing as to whether a positive test means that you have immunity to COVID-19.
  • It may be necessary for some patients to have two tests to generate reliable results.

To be tested, please call the Clinic for an appointment with our lab at 507.642.5200. Test results will be mailed to the patient and can take several days to process.

MDH Information on COVID-19

COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions

Visitor Restrictions Modified, Masks Required in Hospital and Clinic

Masks are still required in all Madelia Health buildings, in accordance with the CDC guidelines for hospitals and health care facilities. Caregivers, patients and visitors to the hospital and clinic are required to wear a mask upon entering. If you do not have a mask, we can provide you with one. Masks are worn to protect patients and caregivers from COVID-19.

Visitor restrictions have been in effect at the hospital for several months. We are now modifying these restrictions so that patients can have more visitors, but only one visitor at a time per patient.

All visitors must follow the rules of the facility:

  • Visitors must wear a mask at all times while in the facility.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 please wait to visit. Visitors will be issued a visitor’s sticker to wear for the day.
  • The visitor can then go to the designated patient’s room and remain in the room for the entire visit.
  • We would like to avoid visitors coming and going multiple times in a day.
  • Compassionate exemptions may be allowed for COVID patients, or for patients at the end of life. This is decided case-by-case by the charge nurse.

These updated visitation policies will remain in place until further notice, however, it is important to remember that an increased surge of COVID-19 patients in our community or hospital may cause visitation restrictions to be reinstated.

The front door of Madelia Health (east side of building) will continue to be locked when the Clinic is closed. After Clinic hours, use the Emergency entrance on the west side of the building. Please press the silver button for assistance. (Clinic hours are: Mondays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Thank you for your support during this difficult time.