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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

Making Your Own Face Mask

Published in For the Health of It Author:

The CDC has updated their stances on face masks. It is now recommended that individuals wear masks in situations where it's difficult to maintain social distancing and stay six feet way from one another.

Due to current shortages at stores and the current Stay at Home order, many are choosing to make their own mask at home. Here are some helpful links that provide instructions on how to do so:

CDC: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Scroll toward the bottom of the page for mask instructions. Sew and no sew versions are provided.

Deaconess Health: How to Make a Face Mask
Find the instructions toward the bottom of the page for making a face mask with elastic or ties. These instructions can be downloaded via PDF.

Video: How to Make a Homemade Mask
Step-by-step instructions on how to make your own mask at home.

Video: How to Make a Face Mask
Here is another version. Available from Deaconess Health.

CDC: Cloth Face Coverings: Questions and Answers
Addresses some common questions regarding face masks.

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

Helpful Face Mask Reminders:
DO make sure you can breathe through your mask.
DO wear it whenever going out in public.
DO make sure it covers your nose and mouth.
DO wash after using your mask.
DO NOT place a mask on a child under two years old.
DO NOT use surgical masks or other personal protective equipment intended for healthcare workers.