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CentraCare, Carris Health still requiring masks; Pfizer vaccine available for youth

CentraCare will await additional guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before implementing any further changes to its policies for mask wearing.

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CentraCare will be taking over $32 million in debt attached to Carris Health — Rice Memorial Hospital of Willmar. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — Though the statewide mask mandate has ended, CentraCare and Carris Health facilities will still require employees, patients and visitors to wear a mask, according to a news release from the organization.

"COVID-19 is not yet eradicated and people who are not vaccinated are still at risk. As a healthcare organization, we must continue to remain vigilant in the fight against a disease that continues to impact our communities," reads part of the release.

CentraCare will await additional guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before implementing any further changes.

CentraCare is also offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 12 and older.

Scheduling for anyone under the age of 18 needs to be coordinated through CentraCare Connect at 320-200-3200 . Online scheduling for 18 and older can be done through CarrisHealth.com .

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For up-to-date information, please visit CarrisHealth.com/COVID19Vaccine .

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Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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