COVID-19 Updates and Vaccine Info


Please visit our COVID-19 vaccine information page to learn more about vaccinations and 3rd dose/boosters.


Mille Lacs Health System is not able to do community-wide testing. There are specific times for testing and these are not done on a walk-in basis; you must have an appointment, and these are only done in our Onamia clinic. Please call 320-532-3154, our main number, to inquire about COVID testing. You can also go to this site and find a community testing center closest to you: Minnesota COVID response.

Here is the most updated information on testing recommendations, from the MDH: COVID testing recommendations


Updated information regarding testing communications from the MDH, 12.7.21

Minnesotans who test positive for COVID-19 will get a text from Minnesota Department of Health to the number they gave when they got tested. The text asks for an email address to send important health information about how long to stay home and when it is safe to return to work, school, or other activities. The email also includes a link to a brief case investigation survey. 
  • The text will come from 877-790-8031. If a person does not respond to the initial text, they will receive a follow-up text from the same number. Responding to the text and email is important for helping MDH learn more about COVID-19 and how it is spreading.
  • Due to the high number of COVID-19 cases in Minnesota, case investigators are not able to call and interview everyone who tests positive. Texting allows case investigators to reach people quickly and to provide important health information to slow the spread of COVID-19. 
  • Minnesotans who test positive and use the COVIDAware app also have the option to enter a verification code to anonymously let others know they tested positive. That way other people who have the app on their phone will get an alert to let them know they were exposed, so they can quarantine if needed. If a person does not receive a verification code with their positive test result, they may call 833- 431-2053 to ask for one. 

Closer to home, Mille Lacs County is taking part in a Public Health Covid-19 Testing Pilot Program for the Minnesota Department of Health, due to the limited testing locations in our geographic area.  Testing is Mondays & Wednesdays from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Starting in March, NEW HOURS will be 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Testing will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Gorecki Building, Milaca Recreation Park, at 435 2nd St NW, Milaca. They will be offering the offering both the Vault Saliva Test and the Cue Rapid test. Visit to learn more and schedule an appointment.

You can also check this website for information about getting a home saliva test sent to you.  

More information on COVID-19

  • You can read the most updated information on what to do if you have COVID-19 here: What to do
  • You can read the most updated information on quarantine guidance here: Quarantine Guidance
    If you feel sick, have symptoms, or are caring for someone who is sick, visit this link on the Minnesota Department of Health’s website to learn more.
  • You can read the most updated information on what to do if you have had close contact with someone who has Covid here:  COVID close contact
    If you have more questions about exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, click here to learn more: Minnesota Department of Health website.
  • Seek medical care right away if your illness is getting worse; for example, if you have difficulty breathing.

Visiting hours

The Visitor Policy, for Mille Lacs Health System, as of May 16, 2022, is:

MLHS is not currently allowing visitors for the Clinics, Senior Care Geriatric Psychiatry Unit, the Emergency Department, and the hospital (Acute Care). One adult is permitted when accompanying a minor for care, or if there is a medical need.

For questions regarding visitation in Long Term Care, please call 320-532-2729.


Additional restrictions may apply at any time.