Wadena County Commissioners: Discussion centers around these uncertain times

by Trinity Gruenberg trinity@inhnews.com

The Wadena County Commissioners held their regular meeting on May 5. COVID-19 Update Cindy Pederson, public health director, gave an update on the virus situation. Tracking exposure shows congregate living and community spread are among the higher factors. Pederson discussed the governor’s “dial” and its incremental adjustments to see what can be opened up safely. She reviewed the emergency operation center incident command structure as they are working in conjunction with Tri-County Health Care. They have been working on including guidelines and screening for businesses, summer events, donation tracking, communicating with higher risk places such as assisted living facilities and fielding many calls from the public. Tyler Wheeler, emergency management director, reviewed logistics and working as a liaison with Homeland Security, Emergency Management and Tri-County. He is working on public assistance grants, getting personal protective equipment out to law enforcement, emergency medical services and first responders with donations from Central Lakes College. Joel Beiswenger, president and CEO of Tri-County Health Care, shared he has many employees waiting in the wings to come back to work. They may have some resources to help public health. . . .

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