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EXTRA PRECAUTIONS: Mayo Clinic has been screening visitors

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Minnesota Department of Health says as of Wednesday 77 people have tested positive for the virus.

With cases increasing globally, health care facilities are trying to do what they can to keep patients, guests and staff safe.

Mayo Clinic announced Tuesday, it will deter all elective care that can be deferred for eight or more weeks. As well as take extra precautions when allowing people in to Mayo facilities.

Adventist Health Glendale Chief Medical Officer Dr. Steven Brass.

"I'm impressed with Mayo Clinic," Chief Medical Officer Dr. Steven Brass from Adventist Health Glendale in California said.

Brass is in Rochester to receive heart surgery, and said there is a reason why he feels that way.

"Upon entering every entrance of the Mayo Clinic there are about four or five greeters with security and they actually screen you," Brass said. Adding, "To make sure every single person is reliably being screened they give you a sticker so that allows you allows you entrance."

According to a news release, to protect patients and staff at Mayo Clinic, extra screening will be done before visitors are able to gain access.

Iowa resident Leroy.

Iowa resident Leroy, is visiting the clinic with his wife who is receiving care. When KTTC asked him how he feels about the extra screening? He said it is a good thing because it will protect patients at the clinic.

While Dr. Brass is ready for his surgery, he is however concerned for his overall health. "I'm already concerned about having surgery in my mind there is a greater anxiety about the coronavirus."

Anxiety or not, he wants everyone to know one thing.

"Life isn't only about waiting for the rain to past, it's learning to dance in the rain," Brass added.

Ubah Ali

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