Our Mission: Ensuring Local Access to Quality Health Care 

COVID- 19 

Pine County Information

The following information is from the Pine County website. Go to the link below for a message from Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcom:


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that was first detected in China on December 31, 2019 and has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States.  While many cases may be mild to moderate with symptoms similar to colds and flu, some cases may be more severe. The risk of severe illness seems to be higher for older people and those with underlying health conditions.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.


In an effort to help you find resources faster, we have included a number of different ones from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) below.

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health will provide the most up-to-date information on specific numbers and spread of this disease.

What you need to know about Coronavirus disease 2019 (PDF)

For more information about COVID-19:

Basic information on how to prevent the spread of COVID - 19

  1. Stay home you're sick (PDF)

  2. Cover your Cough (PDF)

  3. Germ-Buster Wash Hands (PDF)

  4. How To Use Waterless Hand Sanitizer (PDF)

  5. Don't spread germs-work employers (PDF)


Other Resource Links


Gateway Response

Gateway Family Health Clinic is quickly responding to the possibility that a patient has concerns about the Coronavirus. They are also coordinating closely with Essentia Health - Sandstone.

They suggest following these instructions:

  • If you have a mild fever under 100.4 or mild cold or respiratory symptoms, you should stay home and self-quarantine.

  • If your conditions worsen, please CALL the clinic to be ASSESSED OVER THE PHONE to determine if you need to be tested for the flu or COVID-19 Coronavirus. The phone number is: 320.245.2250.

  • If you are experiencing chest pain or difficulties breathing, go directly to closest emergency room.

  • For more information on the COVID-19 Coronavirus, visit www.cdc.gov/covid19

  • We will also regularly update information on our COVID-19 clinic hotline at 218-485-2014.

Arrowhead Transit Offering Free Rides

Arrowhead Transit is offering free rides for anyone needing to get to the Pine Healthcare Campus, doctor, hospital, pharmacy, grocery store, food shelf or other essential need. The number to have people call to schedule a ride (preferably the day before the ride is needed) is 218-735-6838. Please freely pass this information on to those in need. 

 Grant/Funding Program Launched


The North Pine Area Hospital District (Hospital District) was established to ensure local access to quality healthcare in the Pine County area. As such, we have authority to give grants to healthcare providers and organizations who wish to operate on the Pine Healthcare Campus to provide a needed healthcare service or to those who currently operate at the Pine Healthcare Campus and wish to improve their services.  


This funding may be used to help establish a needed healthcare service or to improve existing services.  These funds may be used for the initial start-up costs, special equipment needed or other purposes essential to starting or improving quality healthcare service.  The intention is for the healthcare service to become self-supporting over time.  Applications and more information are available by going to the ‘Grant/Funding Program’ button at the top of this home page.

Mental Health Outpatient Therapy Grant Approved

The first grant was approved in June 2019 to help fund the start up costs for bringing a new mental health service to the area. Well established Therapeutic Services Agency was given a grant to start outpatient mental health therapy two days a week. The office will be at the Gateway Family Health Clinic, located on the Pine Healthcare Campus. See more details in the press release found on the 'Organization Information' section of this website.

First Responder Program Funding Approved. 

$10,000 funding to fund first responders in the Hospital District area. These responders include EMS, fire and police. This will be administered through Essentia Health’s Community Engagement program. 

Our Commitment:  
Saving lives and restoring health is the passion and commitment that brought 18 Pine County cities and townships together to establish the North Pine Area Hospital District (Hospital District) in 1989. These community leaders recognized that fast access to rural health care often makes the life-saving difference.

  It is with this passion to provide excellent health care services that the Hospital District built the new Pine Healthcare campus. The health care services are being provided through a Hospital District lease agreement with Essentia Health.  Gateway Family Health Clinic and Thrifty White Pharmacy are providing the clinic
and pharmacy services.