COVID-19 Updates

If you feel sick or have any questions about COVID-19 please call the clinic at 387-2330. Our nurses are here to help.

Covid Safety at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic

  • Patients entering Sawtooth Mountain Clinic will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.  If you have symptoms, and you’ve also got a negative COVID test from SMC or North Shore Health, you can be seen in the clinic.  Unfortunately, if you have negative results from a home test or haven’t been tested, you can’t come into the clinic waiting area or be seen in person.  To get guidance regarding your symptoms and your appointment, call SMC before you make the trip. 218-387-2330
  • Per CDC guidelines, masks are required inside SMC and all health care facilities.
  • Our goal is to keep people as safe as possible. To do this:
    • We offer both in-person and telehealth appointments.
    • Patients with telehealth appointments are encouraged to register for our Patient Portal. Please call the clinic at 387-2330 to register.

COVID Testing Information

If you are testing because you are symptomatic with no known exposure, please stay home until you receive a negative test result.

If you are testing because you are a close contact, please complete your quarantine guidance, even if you receive a negative test.  Watch for symptoms throughout your quarantine, and re-test if you develop symptoms.

  • Local testing:  For symptomatic and/or exposure-based testing, call Sawtooth Mountain Clinic at 218-387-2330.  Testing is available Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 a.m.  Please note that the clinic is not open on Sunday. All testing for Sunday and Monday morning needs to be done before the clinic closes at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.  At-home test kits are sometimes available at the screener stations at both SMC and North Shore Health.  If you test positive, please call Cook County Public Health at 218-387-3605.  They can help talk you through isolation and quarantine recommendations for yourself and your household
  • Travel testing:  Travel Testing Website Information.pdf (northshorehealthgm.org)  North Shore Health (NSH) now offers a limited number of molecular COVID-19 tests for asymptomatic people who are traveling to Canada and other Countries who require testing prior to entry. As of September 1st, same-day results are no longer available. You can expect results to take 36-48 hours, but that is not guaranteed. Please open the attached link for further details.
  • Vault Saliva Tests:  We no longer have saliva tests within the Cook County Public Health Department or at the SMC screener desk.  These tests are only available by ordering them through the MDH website:  COVID-19 Test at Home – Minnesota Dept. of Health (state.mn.us)   Mail-In saliva tests are completed using a zoom link. Please use your home address (not a P.O. Box), as these are delivered to your home via UPS.

COVID-19 Informational Resources

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic

Stay up to date with Sawtooth Mountain Clinic’s response to COVID-19 through these platforms:

Cook County
State and National

Resources recommended by Dr. Kurt Farchmin, Cook County COVID-19 Response’s Medical Director:

Honoring Choices Minnesota