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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

Don't Wait With Health Emergencies

Published in Trauma Services, Emergency Services, Stroke Care, For the Health of It Author: Leah Roering,APRN,CNP

It is understandable that with coronavirus (COVID-19) present in our community, that people would want to avoid the emergency room. But health emergencies still happen. And when they do, the emergency room is still the best place for those needing life-saving care.

May is American Stroke Awareness Month. And a stroke is a great example of a condition where people cannot wait.

Every minute matters when one is experiencing a stroke. Not only can brain cells die or become damaged within minutes during a stroke, but some treatments that improve one’s chances of recovery need to be started within three hours after symptoms begin.

Familiarize yourself with the stroke symptoms with the graphic below. If someone you see shows these symptoms, call 9-1-1 and get them emergency medical care.

Other conditions/symptoms where people should still go to the emergency room for care at this time include:

  • Chest pain
  • Broken bones
  • High fever
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Severe bleeding
  • Intense abdominal pain
  • Choking

When in doubt, call 9-1-1. You never know when your quick actions could be the difference in saving a life.

Helpful COVID-19 Information

• Review more information on considering medical care if you are experiencing respiratory illness or COVID-19 symptoms.
• Educate yourself on the range of COVID-19 symptoms
• CentraCare encourages everyone to wear homemade face coverings while in the community. Learn how to make your own face mask.
• Donations of facemasks are currently needed. Learn more how to help.