The Minnesota Department of Health has rejected the offer of five area hospitals to run an emergency Covid-19 treatment facility out of Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton.

The facility would have been run by the Tri-County Covid Medical Center, which was created by medical facilities in Benson, Montevideo, Appleton, Dawson and Madison. On Legislative Review this weekend, Representative Tim Miller said the department of health has instead decided to designate a clinic in Marshall as an emergency treatment facility.

Miller says he was told it was going to cost $7 million to have PCF brought up to health standards set by the department of health. He also said when the decision was made, representatives of Tri-County Covid Medical Center were not at the table. Regardless, Senator Andrew Lang commended the five hospitals for quickly coming up with the proposal.

(JP Cola, KWLM)