FEMA expected to be at TCHC through Jan. 30

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On Dec. 8, FEMA toured Tri-County Health Care. The goal of the visit was to observe vaccination efforts and the administration of monoclonal antibody treatment. Several FEMA contracted clinicians were deployed to assist staff with vaccinations and monoclonal antibody treatment. This support has alleviated stress on the healthcare system allowing for a slight reprieve from the surge conditions staff have been facing for several weeks.

  In an effort to help many struggling healthcare systems, the Minnesota Department of Health, in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has mobilized several clinician groups across central Minnesota.

On Dec. 3, FEMA clinicians arrived for orientation training at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. These support clinicians will assist staff with COVID-19 vaccination and administering monoclonal antibody treatment.

It is anticipated that FEMA clinicians will be on site until Jan. 30. They may stay longer if conditions in the area have not improved.

Currently, FEMA support staff have been deployed to the following communities:

• Wadena

• Staples

• Onamia

• Bloomington

• Bloomington-Mall of America (Vaccine only)

For information about ongoing operations visit www.TCHC.org.