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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 Completes Asymptomatic Testing For All Residents, Employees At Long-Term Care Facilities

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Over the weekend, CentraCare tested all residents and employees of long-term care facilities for coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure we are protecting those who are most vulnerable to this disease.

Testing was done for all residents and employees, even if symptoms of COVID-19 are not present.

CentraCare is also committed to ongoing asymptomatic testing at our congregate care facilities, in accordance with Gov. Tim Walz's five-point plan for protecting Minnesota's long-term care community. Emergent testing will also be done on anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

CentraCare will communicate the results to employees, and to residents and their family members, along with reporting positive cases to the Minnesota Department of Health.

"We are thankful for our employees and their commitment to providing quality and person-centered care for those in our care," said Susan Kratzke, Vice President of CentraCare Senior Services. "They are to be commended for their work and personal sacrifice by putting our residents first, and that is never more apparent than in these trying times."

Kratzke is also thankful to Gov. Walz for answering the calls for additional support, testing and PPE to protect, test and treat our residents and protect our staff.

"This additional testing process will bolster the significant work that has already been done to protect our most vulnerable populations," said Kratzke.

In addition to asymptomatic testing, CentraCare will continue to screen all employees for COVID-19 at the beginning of their shift and before they enter the facility. At congregate care facilities where there has been a positive case, residents will be screened twice a day for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

CentraCare will strive to do everything in our power to keep our vulnerable population safe and mitigate the spread of this virus.