CentraCare makes urgent request for temporary masking
We’re fortunate to have some of the greatest healthcare professionals in the country at CentraCare, experts who have provided tremendous guidance, care and, in many cases, life-saving heroics during this pandemic.
They are now asking the community, including the business community, to redouble its efforts to proceed safely in light of new challenges posed by Omicron. GSDC leadership is joining in that request, asking you as employers to view this new, two-and-a-half-minute CentraCare video regarding the seriousness of this issue and to strongly consider implementing their recommendations at your companies.
Brian Myres Patti Gartland
GSDC Board Chair GSDC President
MDH: 1/3 of MN deaths among those under 50
Information from the Minnesota Department of Health during a conference call on January 13, 2022 in which the GSDC participated.
- In Minnesota:
- 99% of cases are from the Omicron variant.
- Even though Omicron is milder, people are still ending up in the hospital and dying. About one-third of those dying are 50 and younger with no underlying conditions.
- Hospitals are at capacity and are not able to treat individuals with other health needs like heart attacks or influenza.
- It is anticipated that Minnesota cases will peak in mid-February, based on information from other countries and states.
- The Omicron variant is at least two times more infectious than the Delta variant and has a shorter time between infection and when you might see symptoms, about 2-5 days.
- Boosters significantly increase immune response.
- MDH is asking everyone to do their part by getting vaccinated and boosted, and wearing quality, well-fitting masks like a N95 or KN95.
- Click for more MDH guidance about what to do when you have been a close contact or are unsure about quarantine guidelines.
- While there is no new guidance regarding working from home, DEED encourages businesses to take precautions where possible – ask employees to wear a mask, conduct meetings remotely, monitor symptoms and avoid large gatherings
- Are you curious about the difference between an antigen and PCR test? This guidance provides more information.
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