Essential Needs-Community Health Resources

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March 27, 2020

CHI St. Joseph’s Health Community Health would like to share the following information to the public regarding Minnesota Governor Tim Walz March 25th executive order asking Minnesota residents to stay in their homes unless absolutely necessary.

CHI St. Joseph’s Health Community Health, as the public health agent for Hubbard County, wants to ensure that residents remain safe in their homes and follow this directive. To promote our community’s ability to stay at home, CHI St. Joseph’s Health Community Health department is offering coordination of essential services/needs for all residents of Hubbard County, as well as other residents located within the CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospital service area. These essential needs include groceries, medications, or other items needed for daily living.

To sign up for assistance with your essential needs, or to notify us of a resident in need of services, please call the Community Health office at 218.237.5464. Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.  We also encourage residents to help those individuals and families who may need extra help during this time. Please try maintaining social distancing guidelines during this time.  As a community working together, we can slow the spread and prevent illness.

The “stay at home” order is based on models developed by the Minnesota Department of Health and the University of Minnesota that suggest that the state will run out of hospital intensive care capacity before infection rates peak — leaving many Minnesotans at greater risk of death from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

As of March 27th, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hubbard County, while the state of Minnesota reported a total of 398. There have been positive cases reported in Cass, Beltrami, and Mahnomen counties. However, the Minnesota Department of Health stated that they believe there are more cases in Minnesota than reported, and that the virus is circulating in communities. It is imperative to follow the stay at home order to keep our community safe.

Effective Friday night, March 27th at 11:59 pm, Minnesota residents are being asked to limit movement outside and only go out for essential services only. This order will remain in effect until Friday, April 10th.   Grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, and liquor stores will remain open during this time.

Please refrain from “panic shopping” or hoarding groceries and other household items.

Please continue to practice personal protective measures and social distancing guidelines:

  • Per the Governors order, stay home as much as possible, leaving only for essential needs (food and medical needs).
  • If you need to go out in public, maintain social distance and wash your hands frequently.
  • Stay home when you are sick and contact your healthcare provider for guidance.
  • Cover your cough.


About CHI St. Joseph’s Health

CHI St. Joseph’s Health is a 25-bed critical access hospital serving communities in Hubbard, Becker, Cass and Wadena Counties since 1946. In recent years, CHI St. Joseph’s Health’s award-winning teams received several national honors including: The Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures in surgery; Top 100 Critical Access Hospital, HealthStrong; WomenCertified’s America’s Best Hospitals Women’s Choice Award in obstetrics; and the Studer Group Fire Starter Healthcare Organization of the Month among other national, regional and state recognitions.

About CHI

Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest health systems, was formed in 1996 to strengthen the Catholic health ministry for the future. With deep roots in the tradition of expressing Christ’s love by caring for those in need, Catholic Health Initiatives serves more than four million people each year through acute care hospitals; long-term care, assisted and residential-living facilities; community-based health services; home care; research and development; and reference laboratory services.


Contact: Sonja Day
Communication/Marketing Manager
CHI St. Joseph’s Health
600 Pleasant Avenue
Park Rapids, MN  56470

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