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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Fireworks, Sparklers and Bon Fires…Oh, My!

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

As we draw near to the Fourth of July, many of us celebrate with family and friends by enjoying bonfires and firework displays. While these activities encourage fun times and great memories, it is important to understand that they also pose serious threats and risks if they are not approached with caution.

CentraCare Health reminds you to stay safe:

  • Never allow children to operate fireworks; even sparklers can cause serious injuries if used incorrectly.
  • Never leave children unattended around any type of fire.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over fireworks when lighting a fuse.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, and after doing so move away quickly.
  • After fireworks are done burning, douse them with water before placing in the trash.
  • Never use flammable liquids to light or keep a bonfire burning.
  • Avoid starting fires when conditions are dry or windy.
  • Make sure you and others know how to stop, drop and roll.

In case you need medical attention, the CentraCare Urgency Center is open noon to 8 p.m. on holidays and weekends.