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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 Reduces COVID-19 Testing for People Without Symptoms

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Increased demand for COVID-19 testing in recent weeks has led to a national shortage of supplies (reagents) needed to process tests. CentraCare is making changes to allocate testing resources to individuals with the greatest needs. As a result of these circumstances, the following groups of people will be prioritized for COVID-19 testing:

  • Those with symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • Mission critical workers including health care workers, first responders, childcare workers, food production workers and other groups defined by the Minnesota Department of Health
  • People with known exposure to someone who tested positive
  • Individuals who need testing before a procedure or in coordination with health care

In general, people who do not have symptoms should not be tested for COVID-19 unless directed by a medical provider or public health representative.

Additionally, because of the national shortage of reagents, the time to receive test results has increased. Test results may take up to seven days. Patients who sign up and use MyChart, which provides online access to your medical records, will receive their results sooner.

People with symptoms and those who need testing for other reasons should contact CentraCare Connect. Call 320-200-3200 to speak with a nurse 24/7 or make an appointment with a health care provider.