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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

About hand, foot and mouth disease

Published in Infectious Diseases, For the Health of It Author: Penelope Smith,MD

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a contagious disease that normally impacts young children — but, at times, can affect older children and adults, too.

The symptoms of the condition — fever, sore throat, reduced appetite — are similar to flu. But after one or two days, hand, foot and mouth disease can show red spots or blisters in one’s mouth, on one’s hands, feet, knees, elbows, buttocks or genital area.

The viruses that spread hand, foot and mouth can be spread during close personal contact with an infected person. It can be spread by coughs and sneezes or by changing the diapers of a child with the illness.

Hand, foot and mouth is most contagious during the first week of the illness. If you or your child is diagnosed with the illness — talk to a health care provider about how long to stay home and/or away from daycare or other children.

To further help avoid the spread of infecting others, take care to wash your hands often with soap and water. Especially after changing diapers or using the bathroom. If your child has the illness, take care to also frequently clean touched surfaces and his or her toys.

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