Perham Health has performed 90 tests since opening drive-thru

FSA Coronavirus hospital data

Perham Health has performed 90 tests since drive-thru COVID-19 testing was set up several week ago, Sue Von Ruden, Perham Health's Community Relations Director, said in a Monday, April 20, email to the Focus.

"Patients call their normal provider, let them know they suspect they may have COVID-19. They are screened by an RN to see if they meet the testing criteria set by the Minnesota Department of Health," Von Ruden said.

Patients are given an appointment time and instruction on how to proceed through the drive-thru testing, Von Ruden said.

"When this first started, the Minnesota Department of Health criteria was very limited due to testing availability," Von Ruden said. "However, with better availability of supplies and testing capabilities, the criteria has been greatly expanded. Most people with symptoms can now get tested. So far our volumes are small."

As of April 20, the Minnesota Department of Health reports six confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Otter Tail County. The state is not releasing the city of residents for patients, but Shearer's Foods confirmed April 9 that an employee in its Perham manufacturing location tested positive for COVID-19.


Six cases

More information and assistance

  • MDH COVID-19 hotline: 651-201-3920 or 800-657-3903. The hotline is available seven days a week, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • School and child care hotline: 651-297-1304 or 800-657-3504
  • MDH COVID-19 website:
  • Otter Tail County Public Health is available to answer general questions regarding COVID-19 at 218-998-8320 or 888-349-2581, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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