Public Health

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Vaccination Update

Anyone 12 years old and older is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccination. There are multiple options for receiving your vaccine within Freeborn County.


COVID-19 TESTING AND VACCINATION OPTIONS IN FREEBORN COUNTY

Freeborn County Public Health

Testing – 

  • Not available

Vaccinations – 

  • Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • Call 507-377-5100 to schedule 
  • Call our office to find out the schedule or check our Facebook page

 

Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea

Testing – 

  • East Annex – 7 days per week from 8 am – 12 pm – including holidays.  
  • Call 507-293-9525 to schedule

Vaccinations – 

  • M-F during clinic hours
  • Call 507-434-9929 to schedule an appointment. 

 

Walmart

Testing – 

  • No testing available.  
  • The BinaxNOW at-home rapid antigen test kits (2-pack for about $20) are available.

Vaccine – 

  • Moderna vaccine
  • M-Sat 9 am – 7 pm, Sunday 10 am – 6 pm. 
  • Walk-ins at any time except ~20 minutes before close and lunch from 1:30 pm-2 pm. 

 

Walgreens

Testing – 

  • Drive thru PCR testing. 
  • Make appointment online at Walgreens.com or at Walgreens app prior to 7 pm the day before to be tested the next day. 
  • Results come in 2-7 days. 

Vaccinations – 

  • Moderna vaccine
  • M-F 8 am – 8 pm, Sat 9 am – 6 pm, Sun 10 am – 6 pm. Walk-ins are welcome.  

 

Hy-Vee

Testing – 

  • Drive-Thru PCR Testing Tuesday & Thursday 8 am - 10 am and Saturday 9 am – 11 am. This is a self-administered test that the pharmacist will walk you through. 
  • The test is free and takes 3-5 days for results.
  • To schedule an appointment online at hy-vee.com/covidtesting and select Lab Test (Molecular PCR)

Vaccine – 

  • Pfizer vaccine is available.  
  • M-F 8:30am-6:30pm and Sat and Sun 9:30am-3:30pm. Walk-ins welcome.  

 

To find other testing locations, click on this link: https://mn.gov/covid19/get-tested/testing-locations/

To find other vaccine locations, click on this link: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/find-vaccine/locations/  


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If you are interested in signing up on the state site for the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector, click here.

MDH     COVID-19 Vaccine      

          Information

COVID-19 vaccine information is changing rapidly!  The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has the current information regarding vaccines.  For more information about the COVID vaccine click here.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vaccine Information

If you would like information about Coronavirus or COVID-19, please go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

More Information and Resources


View Information From Mayo Clinic Health System

Regarding COVID-19 Immunizations at Mayo Clinic Health System: For more information, visit https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/covid-19-semn-vaccination-phase.

COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that can easily spread. It shares several symptoms with influenza, but it’s treated differently. If you are showing any sign of possible COVID-19 symptoms, call our COVID-19 Nurse Line at 507-293-9525 to learn about getting tested or contact your local health care provider. If you meet testing criteria, you will be directed to one of our local testing sites.

If you are calling MCHS-Albert Lea after 5 pm, please call 507-373-2384 and ask for the COVID Triage Nurse Line.

People SHOULD NOT go directly to Emergency Room, Urgent Care or show up at the clinic if they think they were exposed to COVID-19. Call the numbers above.  Expect delays while on hold.

If a person has a sudden change in their health such as sudden onset of chest pain, difficulty breathing etc., call 911.

Remember stay home if you are sick and avoid contact with people who are sick. Wash your hands and avoid touching your face. Cover your cough or sneeze and clean frequently touched surfaces.


View Information From Minnesota Department Of Health

COVID-19 Public Hotline: For questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, call 1-833-431-2053, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.                             Mental Health Crisis Line: call **CRISIS (**274747).

Patient Health

What can you do to protect yourself and others

  • The most important thing Minnesotans can do right now to help protect themselves, their families and their communities is to take those tried and true, everyday steps to prevent respiratory illnesses. Those include:

Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throwing the tissue in the trash.

Washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose and mouth - with unwashed hands.

Stay home if you have cold or flu-like symptoms, and avoid close contact with people who are sick.


Community Health Improvement Plan

Read the Community Health Improvement Plan (PDF).

Mission, Vision and Values

View the Freeborn County Public Health Mission, Vision and Values (PDF).