Open Accessibility Menu

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update Learn More

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

Be prepared for extreme cold

Published in Emergency Services, For the Health of It Author: Bobbie J. Bertram, APRN, CNP

Trauma Services Nurse Practitioner
CentraCare Health

If the weather forecasts are accurate, the final few days of January will be extremely cold. Even by Minnesotan standards.

St. Cloud State University Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman reports that wind chills will range from -30 to -50 degrees from tomorrow through Wednesday — the coldest air that Minnesota has experienced in 10 years.

In these conditions, exposed skin can freeze in 10 minutes or less. Learn more about how to recognize and treat frostbite.

In these extreme conditions, vehicles can struggle to operate. And if you are able to get your car to start, roads can be slick due to snow and black ice caused by vehicle exhaust.

If you must travel during these conditions, prepare for an emergency by making sure your gas tank is at least one-half full. Also be sure to pack a Winter Driving Survival Kit that includes the following:

  • Cell phone adapter that works with your vehicle
  • Snacks
  • Booster cables
  • Shovel
  • Sleeping bags or blankets
  • Heavy-duty winter clothing, such as a heavy coat and snow pants or a snowmobile suit
  • Extra scarves and mittens
  • Heavy boots

If you become stranded, stay in your vehicle as it may be the safest place. Call 911 for help. Follow instructions from the authorities and don’t hang up until you know who you have spoken with and what will happen next.

Review more winter survival tips from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.