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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

Proceed with caution

Published in Men's Health, For the Health of It Author: Mackensey Stang, BLEND Program Specialist

It may seem inevitable. A weekend project requires some heavy lifting and teamwork and someone ends up getting hurt. We have all experienced injuries that were a result of miscommunication. No one enjoys having a heavy piece of equipment dropped on a hand or foot, and many crushed/broken fingers could have been prevented with proper planning and communication. While these accidents may seem like an unavoidable part of the task, they are not. All injuries can be prevented.

It’s Friday and the weekend warrior is ready; projects to build, gadgets to try out and repairs to be made. Some home improvement tasks are riskier than others; keep accidents to a minimum by remembering the basics and taking an extra step of caution. Your weekend warrior will thank you.

Many weekend projects require being outdoors. Play it smart by stocking up on essentials:

  • sunscreen for basic SPF protection
  • water to keep hydrated
  • well-balanced meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables for energy

Tips of Weekend Warrior Wisdom

The Home Safety Council reports that an estimated 20,000 deaths occur each year as a result of home-related injuries. This June, as part of Home Safety Month, take action to increase safety at home, both indoors and outdoors. Not sure where to start?

Check out these tips:

  1. Keep a good first-aid kit on hand.
  2. Dress for safety. (Just say no to flip-flops and shorts.)
  3. Protect yourself against exposure to hazardous chemicals and materials.
  4. Keep a tidy work area to avoid creating your own hazards.
  5. Tackle only those tasks that you feel safe handling.
  6. Equip your garage, workshop and your home with fire extinguishers.
  7. Keep tools and supplies away from the reach of small children.
  8. Always position a ladder on a flat, firm surface.
  9. Only perform electrical work if you have the required knowledge and skills.
  10. When using power tools, be sure to follow all precautions stated in the manual.
  11. Keep drill bits, blades, and cutters sharp. Dull tools require extra force and can bind.
  12. Ensure corded power tools are plugged into a receptacle that is protected by a ground-fault-circuit interrupter (GFCI).
  13. Think twice before working on gas pipes; it’s often best handled by a professional technician.
  14. Dust and fibers can be hazardous to breathe. When sanding wood or wallboard joint compound, wear a dust mask.
  15. Know how to handle lead-based paint. Test surfaces before sanding or stripping.