When the COVID-19 pandemic came to Minnesota, every day brought stress and uncertainty. School districts rushed to put together plans for the rest of the year. Local businesses wondered what it meant for their future. Community members looked for guidance. Tri-County Health Care remained dedicated to making sure its patients could still safely receive the care they needed. At the same time, there was also an important opportunity to use expertise and provide guidance during a crisis.
Tri-County Health Care knew it was time to be a leader for the communities it serves. On July 12, Eighth District Congressman Pete Stauber commended the organization for its leadership throughout the last five months. Stauber’s visit to Wadena was part of a gratitude tour dedicated to recognizing local businesses for their service to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Masking Initiative Supports Communities
One step in limiting the spread of the virus involved making masks widely available to communities. The Centers for Disease Control recommends wearing cloth face masks in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. For example, this can include grocery stores and pharmacies. The masks help prevent people from spreading the virus to others.
Tri-County Health Care worked with area sewing clubs and volunteers to make homemade masks for health care workers and congregate living facilities. Additionally, it purchased 15,000 masks from a local business to give out to area communities. Tri-County Health Care distributed the masks at drive thru events in Bertha, Henning, Ottertail, Sebeka, Verndale, and Wadena.
Guidance for Local Businesses
A state shutdown led to nervous business owners now facing the challenge of figuring out how to operate in these times. That meant researching how to properly reopen to their customers in a safe manner.
Much of this was new to the public, of course, so Tri-County Health Care offered its experience and provided guidance on reopening during a crisis. Providing directions on social distancing, using personal protective equipment, and cleaning procedures helped businesses safely reopen sooner.
“I’m so impressed with Tri-County Health Care and the leadership role you’re taking in the community,” Stauber said. “Helping our small businesses is critical and by giving them the opportunity to open sooner, it helps them stay viable and open in the community.”
Supporting Area School Districts
School districts quickly shifted and sent students home for online learning. All of a sudden, schools were facing new challenges in their education process.
At this point, Tri-County Health Care’s providers, technical staff, and infection prevention experts stepped in to help provide guidance on new systems and procedures in a crisis.
Stauber Commends TCHC’s Leadership
Part of Stauber’s stop was to commend Tri-County Health Care by presenting the entire staff with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for “outstanding and invaluable service to the community.”
After that, Tri-County Health Care President and CEO, Joel Beiswenger, thanked Stauber for assistance during the crisis. The organization continues its work with Stauber and other policy makers to help drive conversation in Washington D.C. Two main topics include rural health care and broadband.
“I appreciate your staff’s input on what we need to do and I’m very happy with the relationship we have built and continue to build,” Stauber said.
Tri-County Health Care is committed to improving the health of the communities we serve. We’re dedicated to being your trusted partner for life. For more information, visit TCHC.org or call 218-631-3510 to schedule an appointment with a provider.