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Reducing COVID-19 Anxiety Part 1

Part One
People may be experiencing increased amounts of stress and anxiety due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are some ways that may be helpful in dealing with these emotions. Tips to reduce COVID-19 Anxiety:
• Do what you can to reduce your risk (wash your hands, stay at home, cover your cough, and practice social distancing). Take comfort that by doing so you are caring for yourself & others.

• Stay connected with family & friends using technology (like video chat).

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Faith in Action Volunteers Adapt to Serve Local Needs

During these interesting times Faith in Action for Cass County volunteers are adapting to safely provide help to people in their communities. Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-20 listed transportation and food delivery programs as essential services and a select group of Faith in Action Volunteers are continuing to give rides to medical appointments and grocery stores. Volunteers have seen an increase in meals on wheels requests and are delivering groceries, supplies and prescriptions to people who are staying at home.

As they try to stay safe, Faith in Action Volunteers are asking riders to sit in the back-passengerside of the car for social distancing. They are keeping their cars sanitized before and after rides and wait in their cars during appointments. They are also wearing gloves and face masks and asking riders to do the same. A Stitch in Time Saves Lives is a local group supplying cloth masks for volunteers to use.

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Crow Wing County Extends Date County Offices are Not Open to Walk in Traffic until April 30th

Based on new extended guidance from the President about limiting unnecessary person to person contact, Crow Wing County has extended the date on how it delivers services to the public and will not be allowing public entry to county buildings through at least April 30, 2020. Crow Wing County remains open to serving the public and is providing services through telephone, e-mail, and online services.

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Firearm ceased. Matter under investigation

On Tuesday, 03/31/2020 the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 hangup from a female asking for help. The Caller hung up before any further details could be obtained.

Approximately 2 hours later, a female reported that while at a residence in the area of Brandon Way in Barrows, she had been hit with a baseball bat and threatened with a gun by persons known to her. The person(s) fired the gun in the direction of her car.

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Coronavirus: State of Minnesota opens up special health insurance enrollment

Those without medical insurance in Minnesota can now enroll in a plan during a 30-day special enrollment through MNsure, the state’s health insurance marketplace. The move by MNsure is in response to the potential growth of coronavirus cases.

MNsure CEO Nate Clark said in a news release received at Mshale that “As more cases of COVID-19 are diagnosed throughout the state, we want to make sure every Minnesotan has the security of health insurance to ensure they can get the care they need if they contract this serious illness.”

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Mental Health Minnesota Announces “CONNECT” Initiative to Fight Social Isolation

Mental Health Minnesota is pleased to announce the kick-off of CONNECT, an initiative aimed at fighting the social isolation many people in Minnesota are feeling as a result of social distancing/COVID-19.

The CONNECT initiative provides social connections by phone between volunteers and people who may be struggling with social isolation, loneliness, stress, anxiety or worry during the social distancing related to COVID-19. In addition to connecting, volunteers will also be able to provide people with information and resources to help address any mental health concerns if needed.

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Lakes Proud Business Information Center website is now LIVE!

Buy Local & Support Brainerd Lakes Area Businesses!
As a service to local companies and customers, this site will provide a comprehensive source of updated business information during the COVID-19 situation. Chamber staff and volunteers will be working around the clock to monitor and update our blogs. Info will also appear on individual listings in our Business Directory. Call our Chamber Hotline at 218-829-2838 to get the latest business info. We will find answers to all questions!

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Five Things You Can Do For Your Mental Health

We are in the midst of a crisis, with a lot of unknowns. We don’t know how long we have to stay at home and when we can go back to work or the kids can go back to school. First responders and health care professionals worry about catching the virus and their families worry about the same thing. We don’t know if we’re “bending the curve” enough to be sure our hospitals are not overwhelmed. When we don’t know, can’t predict, can’t plan and are isolated – we worry.

Too much worry leads to anxiety and depression. Right now, it’s normal to have these feelings but there are steps we can take to decrease the impact.

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