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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

Seven tips for Halloween safety

Published in Pediatrics, For the Health of It Author: Denise Lenarz, MD

For young children, Halloween night is one of the best of the year. But trick-or-treating can be dangerous if kids and parents aren’t careful.

Trick-or-treating tips

  1. Plan a route in advance. If you are walking, consider the age of your child and keep the route an appropriate length.
  2. Wear comfy shoes. Make sure you and your children are in comfortable, well-fitting shoes. Avoid heels and make sure shoelaces are double-tied to avoid tripping in the dark.
  3. Stay well-lit. Carry a flashlight. Apply reflective tape or glow-in-the-dark products to costumes. Use glow pendants, necklaces and bracelets to be more visible to drivers.
  4. Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground. After purchasing your child’s costume, hem or use fabric tape to avoid tripping on long costumes.
  5. Wear non-toxic make-up. Masks can make it difficult for your child to see or breathe. If possible, skip the mask altogether and use face paint or make-up to complete the costume. Always test make-up in a small area first to check for skin irritation.
  6. Use flexible props. If your child’s costume won’t be complete without a weapon, make sure it is rubber or plastic. Choose a prop that won’t cause injury to your child or friends.
  7. Check your child’s candy. Sort through your child’s candy. Throw away any candy that is not in its original wrapper or looks as though it has been opened.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!