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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

We Need Your Help to Stop the COVID-19 Spread

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

Despite the warnings, despite the science, despite the pleading by public health officials and experts, we all have people in our lives who refuse to take COVID-19 seriously.

As of yesterday, Minnesota recorded a single-day record of 5,454 newly reported cases. At CentraCare – St. Cloud Hospital, 22% of our hospitalized patients are COVID-19 positive – and that percentage continues to grow.

How can the public help? Have honest conversations with your friends and loved ones. The simple truth is these conversations need to happen because lives are at stake. As flu season approaches and we move indoors, the stress put on local health care providers will mount if the trajectory of the spread continues to go in the wrong direction.

Here are two recent videos to help share the message:

Faces on the Frontlines: Message from CentraCare Frontline Staff

Straight-Up Facts about COVID-19

If you don't know where to start, we have helpful tips and scenarios on how to have a conversation with someone who won't take COVID-19 seriously.

The message has been the same since March: Wear a mask, social distance, avoid large gatherings and wash your hands. We hope this can ultimately make a difference in our communities.