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“Perilously close” to hospital capacity

As Minnesota prepares for a four-week “pause” on gatherings and social activities, Gov. Tim Walz hosted another press conference Thursday afternoon, which featured many medical providers. CEO of Allina Health Dr. Penny Wheeler said that this pause will give health care workers the reprieve they need to take care of Minnesotans. The latest restrictions go…

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Three area agencies awarded grants to support Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers

Three north-central Minnesota agencies have been awarded grant dollars to support people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. According to a release from the Minnesota Board on Aging, an estimated 97,000 Minnesotans have Alzheimer’s disease, which is projected to increase by nearly 25 percent to 120,000 by 2025. Northwoods Caregivers of Bemidji was awarded…

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Drive-up flu vaccines now available at Sanford

Sanford Bemidji will offer drive-up flu vaccines by appointment this fall. According to a release, these drive-up vaccines are available through Nov. 1, and patients should call 333-4710 to make an appointment. “With COVID-19 and influenza sharing similar symptoms—fever, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, chills and muscle aches—it is more important than ever that we…

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Sanford Bagley commissions new ambulance

Sanford Bagley Medical Center recently received and commissioned its first new ambulance. According to a release, the new ambulance was funded through the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota Foundation’s fund for the project, which has raised almost $120,000, and the hospital was able to retire its 22-year-old ambulance from its fleet. “We are very grateful…

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