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[WCCO-TV, April 24, 2020]   A two day blood drive sponsored by Allina Health and Minnesota United soccer team wrapped up Friday. Hundreds turned out to donate blood that is in short supply during the coronavirus pandemic.
April 24, 2020
[Star Tribune, April 23, 2020]   Subtle shifts in the color of blood as it moves through a dense network of blood vessels can be a potent clue that a person has COVID-19, even if other signs of physical problems are absent. That realization has set off a national buying spree for optical medical devices called pulse oximeters, which can clip onto a finger or earlobe and detect color variations to tell how much oxygen is in the blood.
April 23, 2020
[WCCO-TV, April 23, 2020]   Allina Health and several other Minnesota organizations are working together to donate bicycles to workers performing essential jobs in the Twin Cities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Tia Martinson, of Free Bikes For Kids, told WCCO that her organization has partnered with Allina Health, Quality Bike Products and Slow Roll Twin Cities to give away bikes to workers still on the job as the novel coronavirus spreads in the state.
April 23, 2020
[Skilled Nursing News, April 16, 2020]   Allina Health has built on its existing partnership with Presbyterian Homes & Services, a St. Paul-based provider of senior living and care, to create a COVID-19 cohort in its co-owned Interlude Suites , a 50-bed skilled nursing facility connected to an Allina hospital. The plan provides benefits to both the hospital and the senior care provider, Downing explained, as the entities look to fight back the COVID-19 tide in the Twin Cities and beyond.
April 16, 2020
[ABC Newspapers, April 16, 2020]   Mercy Hospital is a quiet place these days. “It depends on where you are in the hospital, but for the most part, in the hospital it’s very empty,” said Daniel Steffen, Mercy’s vice president of operations.
April 16, 2020
[KSTP TV, April 15, 2020]   Doctors and nurses are on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19. But right behind them are hospital workers you might never think about—the environmental service aides, housekeepers, who keep everything nice and clean and sterile for providers and patients.
April 15, 2020
[MPR News, April 15, 2020]   Calls for ambulances have dropped 10 to 40 percent statewide. While sheltering in place has reduced common types of emergency calls across the country, Bruce Hildebrandt, ambulance operations manager for Allina Health EMS and president of the Minnesota Ambulance Association, said he’s worried the decrease in calls means people are forgoing the help they need because they’re afraid to ride in an ambulance that previously transported a COVID-19 patient.
April 15, 2020
[ABC Newspapers, April 14, 2020]   The Association of Minnesota Chinese Physicians donated 2,000 N95 masks to Mercy Hospital on April 8. Representatives of the AMCP gathered outside the hospital’s Unity Campus in Fridley to move boxes of medical supplies and speak with journalists.
April 14, 2020
[MPR News, April 14, 2020]   Grief can factor into all kinds of situations, and now in the COVID-19 era, it can even be with the loss of what used to be our normal way of life.
April 14, 2020
[KMSP Fox 9, April 13, 2020]   Minnesota currently has the lowest per capita COVID-19 infection rate in the country. So why is Minnesota doing so well?
April 13, 2020