WADENA — In a news release, Tri-County Health Care expressed its appreciation for all of the support from the community as everyone navigates the coronavirus pandemic.

The staff continue to prepare for cases in the area and there is a high need for personal protective equipment.

Tri-County Health Care is currently accepting community donations that may be left on a table outside of the main entrance at the Wadena Clinic.

These donations will help to meet ongoing health care needs and conserve existing personal protective equipment for staff. The most pressing need is manufactured medical-grade N95 masks. These masks are crucial to protect nurses and providers by blocking the spread of small particles that could contain the coronavirus.

Other personal protective equipment needs include: clear plastic face shields, safety goggles, safety glasses, used scrubs and sealed bottles of hand sanitizer.

Community volunteers interested in manufacturing health care personal protective equipment such as gowns and fabric masks are asked to call 218-632-8796. Tri-County Health Care will provide instructions for specific designs from our staff and infection control experts. Gowns are calf length and long-sleeved with cuffs. Ideal masks have pockets to place the provided filters.

Tri-County Health Care is accepting all donations at this time and staff members are grateful for the generosity of the community and local businesses.

For updates and more information on the coronavirus and Tri-County Health Care, visit TCHC.org/coronavirus, CDC.gov or health.state.mn.us.

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