Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Virtual Care Anywhere

What You Need to Know
About the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Dr. Renuga Vivekanandan
Safety measures to
follow with Coronavirus
Dr. Renuga Vivekanandan
Why do some people get sicker
with Coronavirus than others
Dr. Renuga Vivekanandan

Do you have symptoms of COVID-19?

Are you experiencing fever, cough, and shortness of breath? If you think you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or exposure, please stay at home to protect yourself and others. The best first step is one of our remote resources:

  • Engage with our symptom checker chat box. Get your questions answered and be routed to the right care for your unique situation from this page.
  • Start a virtual urgent care visit. We’re offering free video visits with a healthcare provider for people with mild or moderate symptoms using the coupon code COVID19.

Stay Informed

Coronavirus disease 2019 (abbreviated to COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. COVID-19 is now spreading in many parts of the United States.

Our hospitals are closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and are in close contact with local health authorities. For more information for the public and health care providers on coronavirus, please visit the CDC website, the NDDoH website or call the local public health hotline at 866.207.2880 from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. CT, 7 days a week.


Remember to take everyday preventive actions that are always recommended to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.

If You Feel Sick

If you feel sick with fever, cough, sore throat or difficulty breathing or were in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the 14 days before you began to feel sick, seek medical care. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your possible exposure, recent travel and your symptoms.

Visitor Restrictions

The safety of our visitors, patients, employees, and physicians remains our highest priority. CHI ST. Alexius Health is closely monitoring all developments with COVID-19 and we are prepared to identify, isolate and treat any potential patient who seeks care at our facilities.

Click for more information on Visitor Restrictions


The CDC is updating its website daily with the latest information and advice for the public:

If you have additional questions about the Coronavirus, we ask that you please check with your local health department:

According to the CDC and the President's Coronavirus Guidelines, it is critical we all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

In light of the ongoing developments surrounding Coronavirus, and out of an abundance of caution CHI St. Alexius Health is cancelling the below classes, events and programs until further notice.

At CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck a few of the changes include, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Human Performance Center (HPC) Gym, CLOSED, will reevaluate in two weeks
  • Night for the Stars, event moved to online auction
  • Well Baby Clinic, Every Wednesday, CANCELED

At CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington a few of the changes include, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • New Rockford Family Clinic - Due to changes with the need to protect the community and providers against COVID-19 the New Rockford Family Clinic will be closed for approximately the next 4 weeks as we continue to assess the containment of COVID-19 in the counties we serve. CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington Medical Clinic and Urgent Care Clinic has set up a separate area to see patients with any respiratory symptoms. Please call 701.652.7217 for COVID-19 pre-screening prior to coming to the clinic in person to be seen. All patients presenting to the clinic for walk-in or scheduled appointments will be stopped at the door and screened for COVID-19 at which point patients will either enter the clinic or be directed to the respiratory clinic.
  • Casino Night 2020 Gala - Postponed
  • Auxiliary Activities - ALL Carrington Auxiliary activities are postponed until further notice
  • Medical Records Request - if you require medical records, please fill out and return this request.

At CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson a few of the changes include, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Lamaze/Childbirth Classes cancelled for March and April.
  • CenteringPregnancy Group Prenatal Care Classes postponed until further notice. Patients will be contacted about scheduling individual prenatal care appointments. For any questions, call our Women's Health department at 701.456.4200.
  • Optimal FIT Gym is closed to the general public until further notice (However, Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation will still see patients there by appointment only).
  • Wibaux County Health Fair in Wibaux, MT--with blood draws provided by CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson--postponed until further notice.
  • Auxiliary Activities - All Dickinson Auxiliary activities including meetings and fundraisers are postponed until further notice.

At CHI St. Alexius Health Williston a few of the changes include, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Car Seat Safety
  • Bringing Baby Home
  • Breastfeeding Class
  • Childbirth 101
  • Within My Reach Workshop
  • CPR and AED for New and Expecting Parents
  • April Wellness Blood Draw
  • Women’s Health Lunch and Learn
  • Cancer center changed to No Visitors
  • All non-urgent and elective surgeries are cancelled