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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 Pauses COVID-19 Testing for People Without Symptoms

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

Due to a significant increase in demand for COVID-19 testing and a low supply of testing supplies and staff, CentraCare is making changes to COVID-19 testing.

Beginning Friday, Jan. 14, CentraCare and Carris Health will be pausing COVID-19 testing at curbside, clinic, emergency department and urgent care sites for community members who are asymptomatic, meaning they have no symptoms of COVID-19. CentraCare is not alone in making this difficult decision as other health care organizations across the state are making this adjustment as well.

This pause on asymptomatic testing will include:

  • Back to school testing
  • Return to work testing
  • Daycare testing
  • Pre-travel and event testing
  • COVID-19 confirmation tests
  • “Worried well” repeat testers

We encourage affected community members to utilize an at-home COVID-19 test or find a community testing site.

For people who have a known exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, we encourage them to follow the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) quarantine guidelines and practice strict mask wearing for the entire 10 days. If symptoms develop, a test can be scheduled.

Who will still be eligible for a test at CentraCare/Carris Health:

  • People who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Long-term care testing
  • Pre-procedure testing

CentraCare will prioritize our testing resources for when medically necessary and to meet the needs of our highest risk groups, doing so in the most careful and equitable manner.

We are hopeful this pause in testing will be temporary and ask for your continued help in stopping the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, getting vaccinated, socially distancing and washing your hands.