COVID-19 Updates

People seeking vaccination can schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment by calling the clinic at (218)387-2330. Vaccinations will happen on-site at the clinic.

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

Covid-19 Safety at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic

  • Patients may mask voluntarily with the following exceptions:
    • Patients must mask
        • if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
        • if they have tested positive for COVID-19 and are outside of the 5-day isolation period but within the 10-day precautionary period outlined in CDC and MDH guidelines. (CDC guidelines)
  • 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.
  • 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 (218) 387-2330 to register.

Covid-19 Vaccines

  • Starting April 24th, 2023, the CDC changed the COVID-19 vaccine recommendations to allow adults ages 65 years and older, as well as people with compromised immune systems to choose to get a second dose of the bivalent mRNA vaccine. This new recommendation is due to data showing that protection from COVID-19 vaccines wanes over time for older adults, and that an additional dose of the updated vaccine, at least four months after the last bivalent/updated dose, restores this immunity. Additionally:
    • People who are between six and 65 years of age and do not have a compromised immune system do not need to act if they have already received a bivalent vaccine.
    • Younger children under the age of six continue to have multiple doses of the updated mRNA vaccine recommended, with the dose and timing depending on their age and vaccination history.
    • The Novavax and Johnson & Johnson vaccine continue to be available for people who cannot or will not receive an mRNA vaccine.
    • The CDC will continue to make updates to vaccination recommendations as they continue to monitor vaccine effectiveness and COVID-19 disease levels nationwide.
    • COVID-19 vaccines continue to prevent the most serious outcomes of COVID-19—severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

COVID-19 vaccination continues to be available at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. If you have questions about vaccination recommendations, are not sure if you are “up to date” or would like to set up a vaccination appointment, please call 218-387-2330.

Grand Portage Health Services will continue to offer updated COVID-19 vaccines for adults. For more information about vaccination in Grand Portage, please call (218) 475-2235.

COVID Testing Information

Please call the clinic for most up to date PCR testing availability.

Free at-home rapid tests are available at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic Pharmacy.

Call Cook County Public Health at 218-387-3605 or email if you have any questions or to share your positive OTC test results.

COVID-19 Informational Resources

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic

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

State and National

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

Honoring Choices Minnesota
Resources for more information on: