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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’s Recommendation for Masking in Schools

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

As we are approaching a new school year, our communities are again facing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is well documented that this pandemic is taking a huge toll on our children’s learning as well as their mental and physical health.

CentraCare and Carris Health, together with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) urge all students, teachers, staff, and visitors in K-12 school buildings to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status in order to protect those who cannot yet be vaccinated (under the age of 12) or who remain at higher risk because of immunocompromised status or other conditions.

Masking is the best opportunity to keep kids healthy from all respiratory infections and keep them in school, especially when many districts will not be offering distance learning options.

“Our hope is that this message is met with understanding for the care and concern we have for the communities we serve,” said Dr. George Morris, Incident Commander for CentraCare’s COVID-19 response and a family medicine and sports medicine physician. “We recommend that all staff and students who are 2 years or older wear face masks unless medical or developmental conditions prohibit their use.”

CentraCare encourages all Minnesota school districts and private school leaders to adopt requirements consistent with this informed public health guidance. With these protective measures in place, our hope is that everyone will have a safe, in-person learning experience during the 2021-2022 school year.