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.
  • 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.  Weekend testing is currently unavailable.  Please call the clinic on Monday to schedule testing if you become symptomatic between Friday afternoon and Monday
  • Travel testing:  Travel Testing Website Information.pdf (  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 (   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