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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 allergic to your pet?

Published in Allergy & Asthma Author: Stephen Leslie,MD

You love your cat — like a member of your family. She sleeps with you and hops on your lap the minute you sit down. But lately, you haven’t been feeling 100 percent and you wonder if it’s because of your cat.

Allergies to pets with fur are common, especially among people who have other allergies or asthma. It’s your body’s immune system reacting to proteins in your pet’s urine, saliva or dander. About 10 percent of people have pet allergies — most commonly to cats.

Pet allergens can cling to walls, furniture, clothing and other surfaces and be active for months. Allergens also can get into the air during dusting, vacuuming or other household activities.

If you suspect you’re allergic to your pet, be on the lookout for typical symptoms:

  • Sneezing and runny nose
  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy skin or hives
  • Signs of asthma, such as wheezing, chest tightness or trouble breathing

Contact your health care provider or an allergist to find out for sure.