COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – March 17, 2020

We are working closely with state and local health officials to protect staff and patients from the coronavirus strain known as COVID-19. We’re working hard to keep you updated on this rapidly changing event.

Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. You can reach Avera Medical Group at 712-754-3658 during clinic hours and Osceola Regional Health Center at 712-754-2574 after-hours.

Avera Medical Group Sibley will keep normal business hours from 8am to 6pm, Monday through Friday, and 8:30am to 10:30am on Saturday.

What should I do if there is an outbreak in my community? 

CDC Website

During an outbreak, stay calm and put your preparedness plan to work. Follow the steps below:

Protect yourself and others.

  • Stay home if you are sick. Keep away from people who are sick. Limit close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet).

Put your household plan into action.

  • Stay informed about the local COVID-19 situation. Be aware of temporary school dismissals in your area, as this may affect your household’s daily routine.
  • Continue practicing everyday preventive actions. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily using a regular household detergent and water.
  • Notify your workplace as soon as possible if your regular work schedule changes. Ask to work from home or take leave if you or someone in your household gets sick with COVID-19 symptoms, or if your child’s school is dismissed temporarily. Learn how businesses and employers can plan for and respond to COVID-19.
  • Stay in touch with others by phone or email. If you have a chronic medical condition and live alone, ask family, friends, and health care providers to check on you during an outbreak. Stay in touch with family and friends, especially those at increased risk of developing severe illness, such as older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions.

Outbreaks can be stressful for adults and children. Talk with your children about the outbreak, try to stay calm, and reassure them that they are safe. If appropriate, explain to them that most illness from COVID-19 seems to be mild. Children respond differently to stressful situations than adults.

Local Updates: 

Sibley-Ocheyedan School District – Closed until further notice.

Bright Beginnings of Osceola County Daycare – Open with normal hours.

Osceola Regional Health Center – Visitor Restrictions have been implemented as a standard precaution. 

Osceola Regional Wellness Center – Closed until March 27, 2020.

Osceola Regional Therapy and Rehab – Open to all physical therapy, occupational therapy, cardiac and pulmonary rehab, and message therapy.

Heartwood Heights – Visitor Restrictions have been implemented as a standard precaution. Screening of all visitors is required. 

Sibley Specialty Care – No visitors based on recommendations from the Center’s for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Country View Manor – No visitors based on recommendations from the Center’s for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

CDC Guidance


Avera Medical Group Sibley – Clinic (712-754-3658)

Osceola Community Health Services – Public Health (712-754-4611)

Osceola Regional Health Center – Emergency Department (712-754-2574)