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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 Seeking Donations for Homemade Masks, Bouffant Caps

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

As Minnesotans work to slow the spread of this virus COVID-19 in the state, there is a continued need for homemade masks to protect clinical staff, long term care residents and patients at CentraCare and Carris Health facilities. We are asking for the community's support through donations of high-thread count, cotton, homemade face masks as well as bouffant caps.

“CentraCare staff is given medical-grade masks when at work, but outside of work it is still a best practice, for everyone, to wear masks when doing things like shopping for food or picking up other supplies," said Dustin Maddy, Incident Command, Community Sourcing Lead. "If you are able, we would like homemade masks and caps donated to us so we can give them to our staff, long-term residents, and patients that don’t already have masks to use in public.”

We are thankful for the generous Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) donations we have received from the community as we work together in the fight against COVID-19.

Additional drop-off locations for PPE are now available across Central Minnesota for these donations. We also offer specific patterns for face masks and bouffant caps. To view this information, see our Community Donations page