COVID home health tools on their way to American Indian elders

COVID-19 home health care tools are heading to the homes of American Indian elders.

According to a release from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters and technology to support telehealth and behavioral health will be distributed to elders in Minnesota’s indigenous communities.

More than $500,000 in funding will be used to help at-risk elders access primary care and supportive services that keep them safe at home.

American Indians have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 infections and fatalities, including the highest percentages hospitalized, admitted to the ICU, and deaths due to COVID-19 compared to other racial and ethnic communities.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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