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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 Begins Asymptomatic Testing For All Hospital Inpatients

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Starting this week, COVID-19 testing will be conducted on all patients ⁠— including those with no symptoms (asymptomatic) ⁠— at time of admission to CentraCare and Carris Health hospitals. Testing will not be completed on patients who are currently hospitalized.

Tests will be collected when the patient is admitted to the hospital and once it's determined which unit they will entering. Asymptomatic testing will also take place in the emergency department, if the patient needs to be admitted. The admission process will not be held up by pending results.

Those who test positive upon admission will be cared for in CentraCare's COVID-19 units and/or placed in isolation precautions.

Patients who have already undergone asymptomatic COVID-19 testing prior to a surgical or other elective procedure or part of their pregnancy care will not require retesting.

"By conducting asymptomatic testing, we will gain a further understanding of community spread, optimize our use of personal protective equipment (PPE), increase employee and patient safety, and better manage the care of those who develop symptoms during hospitalization," said Dr. George Morris, vice president of performance excellence and physician lead of the COVID-19 incident command.

"We know asymptomatic testing will produce more positives, but that means we can identify and potentially treat a person earlier in the disease process which can result in a better outcome."

Anyone seeking a COVID-19 test that is not admitted to the hospital can contact CentraCare Connect at 320-200-3200 or go online to CentraCare eClinic.