Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare and Carris Health 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 helps 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

Preparing for Fall Allergies Before They Attack

Published in Wellness, Allergy/Asthma

Author: Staff

Days are getting shorter and the leaves are beginning to change. Fall is right around the corner and, for many people, so are seasonal allergies. If you are plagued by itchy/watery eyes, a runny nose and sneezing you've come to dread this time of year. Fall allergies are often caused by ragweed and molds that become airborne. As they travel through the air they are inhaled and for those with sensitivity cause allergic reactions. Instead of waiting for the first frost, learn how you can help prevent allergy attacks.

  • Cover up!
    Make sure to cover your mouth when you are outdoors early in the morning and on windy days. This can be done with a facemask, bandana or other breathable material.
    Both ragweed and mold are very light so they travel quickly through the air and are easily inhaled. It is also helpful to wear a mask when doing yard work, especially raking.
  • Close up!
    As much as you love the fresh air, allergy suffers should keep it out of their homes. Keep your windows closed and use an air conditioner to cool your house. Also, make sure to clean your air conditioner's filter so ragweed doesn't find its way in.
  • Clean up!
    Remove all decaying leaves from your yard as soon as possible. When dead leaves become wet it creates the ideal breeding ground for mold. If you plan on saving leaves for mulch, be sure to cover the pile so mold cannot be released.
  • Check up!
    Outside of the normal allergy symptoms, sufferers can experience issues with decreases in sleep, concentration and productivity. If you struggle through fall allergies, make sure to visit your doctor to find methods of easing your symptoms.