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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

CentraCare Requires All Employees To Wear Masks, Encourages Community To Do The Same

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Effective immediately, all CentraCare and Carris Health facilities, both patient and non-patient buildings, will be implementing universal masking for all employees. Universal masking means any employee entering a CentraCare building must wear a facemask for the entire time they are at work.

CentraCare is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in our communities, along with the availability of masks, and determined this is the time to implement a universal masking approach in order to protect health care workers and patients from transmission of the disease.

Patients who enter a CentraCare facility will be provided a mask if they exhibit signs and symptoms of a respiratory illness. Well patients are encouraged to wear masks from home.

CentraCare encourages everyone to wear homemade face coverings while in the community. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus might not have symptoms and that even those who eventually develop symptoms can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.

“Wearing a mask is one way you can protect others. Even if you feel healthy, a mask can prevent the spread of the virus, because many times people with coronavirus might not have symptoms," said Dr. George Morris, vice president of performance excellence. "Someone wearing a mask can send the message ‘I’m protecting you.’”

Universal masking is being adopted as one strategy of prevention. Social distancing, washing your hands and following the state at home order are other strategies implemented to keep the spread of the coronavirus down and to keep our community healthy.

For information on how to wear a cloth face covering and how to make a homemade mask, visit the CDC's website.