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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 To Open New COVID-19 Curbside Testing Location in Waite Park

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

Along With New Curbside Location, Care Options Have Been Added For COVID-19 Concerns

Starting Tuesday, October 27, CentraCare will move its St. Cloud curbside testing operation to a new location in Waite Park. The new location, near Menard’s at 602 3rd Street South, provides shelter for patients and staff while allowing patients to remain in their vehicle for their curbside testing appointment.

CentraCare is also expanding the care options for patients with COVID-19 concerns, which includes walk-in care at CentraCare Plaza Urgent Care in St. Cloud. Patients no longer need an appointment.

What care options exist for people with concerns about COVID-19 symptoms?

  • COVID-19 testing at one of our curbside testing locations. Make an appointment online or call 320-200-3200.
  • Schedule a video visit with a primary care provider by contacting their clinic. Video visits are a great option for people with mild symptoms. 
  • Schedule an in-person visit at one of our primary care clinic locations that is seeing both ill and well patients. Today, these locations include clinics in Albany, Becker, Big Lake, Long Prairie, Melrose, Paynesville, Richmond, Sauk Centre and CentraCare Plaza Clinic Pediatrics in St. Cloud. View the full list of CentraCare locations
  • Walk-in at CentraCare Plaza Urgent Care. Appointments are no longer required for those with COVID-19 symptoms at this location.
  • Visit CentraCare eClinic to meet with a provider on-demand, from the comfort of their home.

Any person who is not sure what to do can call CentraCare Connect and speak to a nurse about care options, 24/7. These expanded care options will allow patients to find care that is right at home or near their home and fits their lifestyle.

With increasing COVID-19 cases in our communities, CentraCare wants to remind everyone about the importance of wearing face coverings, frequent hand washing and safe social distancing measures. We know that by doing things safer, we can impact the spread of COVID-19.