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Murray County Medical Center and CareSignal Bring New COVID-19 Text Messaging Program to the Community

Slayton, MN — April 23, 2020 — Murray County Medical Center has partnered with CareSignal, a remote patient monitoring company, to quickly provide accurate COVID-19 information to our community using the two text-based programs COVID Companion and COVID Connect.

COVID Companion is a free text messaging service that shares information about local public health resources and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To subscribe, text “MURRAY” to 67634.

COVID Connect is a patient-facing text-based platform that enables patients to self-monitor symptoms at home and if symptoms worsen, automatically connect patients to the Murray County Medical Center COVID-19 hotline. To subscribe, text “MURRAY Connect” to 67634.

“COVID Companion is a great option to help guide you through this COVID crisis. It sends daily reminders to help you stay healthy and gives links to resources for you. Murray County Medical Center is always here for additional concerns or questions you may have. Give us a call if you have additional concerns at 507-836-6111,” said Monica Van Otterloo, RN, BSN, Murray County Medical Center.

To subscribe to COVID Companion any patient or community member can text “MURRAY” to 67634. No download, login, internet or computer is required. COVID Companion is available in English and Spanish and will ask basic questions to link members with COVID-19 information specific to their needs. Members will receive Centers for Disease Control-based prevention tips and recommendations on what to do if they have COVID-19 symptoms, as well as ways to connect with public health resources in their local area. Members over the age of 60 or with chronic disease are directed to the Centers for Disease Control information specifically for high-risk populations.

The programs illustrate Murray County Medical Center and CareSignal’s commitment to providing accessible resources to improve patient health.

To learn more about Murray County Medical Center COVID Companion, visit

ABOUT Murray County Medical Center

We are a 25-bed critical access hospital with 3 ICU beds, 24/7 ER coverage, Rural health clinic, In-house CT, MRI and Mammography. Comprehensive services including: outreach, outpatient, clinic, surgical and ancillary. We are committed to providing compassionate and exceptional health care for our patients here in Murray County and the surrounding communities. Murray County Medical Center is a county-owned, nonprofit health care system located in Slayton, MN that is managed by Sanford Health, a large regional nonprofit health care organization based in Sioux Falls, SD. Our number one asset is our people, we have highly skilled and caring providers, nurses, medical staff, administration and facility services. It is with our talented medical staff, modern facility and leading technology that we provide an extensive variety of patient services to ensure families and individuals in this community receive the best personalized care and health services, close to home.


CareSignal is a scalable remote patient monitoring platform that improves payer and provider performance in value-based care by engaging and identifying rising-risk patients. Care teams receive real- time alerts enabling real-time prioritization and outreach, and patients respond to evidence-based questions via text messages or phone calls. CareSignal amplifies care teams, improving clinical outcomes and delivering financial returns for over two dozen conditions such as CHF, COPD, diabetes, depression, and more. For more information, visit To get COVID Companion free for your organization, visit

Relay For Life 2020 in Murray County

The American Cancer Society’s top priority remains the health and safety of their volunteers, staff, and the cancer patients and their loved ones.  The COVID-19 situation remains uncertain and fluid and their goal is to respond in a way that best meets the health and safety needs of those who rely on the ACS.  

The Relay for Life Murray County committee has been ramping up plans for an awesome relay in August to celebrate our 25th year of Relay here in Murray County.    We are grateful for the teams and support that Murray County has shown to ACS.   We as a community are making a difference for all cancer survivors in our area and I am proud of the fact that we have made a difference with our fundraising these past 24 years.   We are proud of the fact that we have been able to support cancer survivors amongst our families and friends.   

The COVID-19 situation has changed our planning.   Currently, we are not planning to have the traditional Relay event including the survivor banquet on August 8th.   It is also the top priority of Murray County’s Relay Committee to keep our survivors and community safe.    

We encourage teams to continue fundraising as dollars are still in high demand for cancer research.   We will continue to submit dollars raised to ACS and we will continue to calculate those dollar amounts to your team total.   We anticipate we will be able to have an awesome 25 + 1 Relay event in 2021.   Any money raised will be accounted for at the 2021 event.  

We encourage you to continue fundraising as we know that cancer is still here even with COVID-19 and our mission is still to defeat cancer in our lifetime. 

Please submit any funds raised via protocol to MINNWEST Bank so that research can continue.   2021 will be the best Relay yet here in Murray County.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Relay Co-Chairs Linda Tobias 763-3173 or Janet Voges at 836-8629 or Kim Konkol at 836-8446.

Thank You for all you continue to do to find a CURE!