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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

Are you traveling this winter?

Published in General, Travel Medicine, For the Health of It Author: Daniel Smith, MD

Even hardy Minnesotans love a winter escape to warmer climates. However, if you’ve ever left children or elderly loved ones behind, you’ve probably felt a nagging, “What if?” You may have had worries about your own well-being while traveling.

Here are a few tips to help you rest your mind and enjoy your vacation:

  • Leave detailed instructions with caregivers. Specify health history, allergies, current medications and contact information for primary care providers.
  • Leave your itinerary and contact information with responsible adults.
  • Be assured that if your loved one requires hospitalization, he or she will be in good hands.

What to pack in your travel health kit:

  • Prescription medications and your health insurance card in your carry-on bag
  • Over-the-counter medicines to treat diarrhea and other stomach upsets, motion sickness, sinus congestion, pain, fever, cough
  • Supplies to prevent illness or injury (insect repellent, sunscreen, antibacterial hand wipes or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, eye drops)
  • Basic first aid supplies (bandages, antiseptic, tweezers, aloe gel, digital thermometer)

For more information, visit travel medicine.