Checking in with Minnesota’s health care workers

Pill bottles are shown, with a health care provider talking to a client.
A registered nurse discusses medication with patient during a house call in March 2012 in Denver. Home health care providers are taking extra precautions to protect clients during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Minnesota's health care workers are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

For many doctors and nurses, that means working long hours, worrying about their own health and fearing they'll expose their loved ones.

What challenges are they facing? How are they taking care of themselves?


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Dr. Doug Brunette is the senior medical director for emergency and trauma services, and emergency department physician at Hennepin Healthcare in downtown Minneapolis.

Dr. Laalitha Surapaneni is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She currently practices and teaches hospital medicine at the M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center - East Bank Hospital, but in March she volunteered to serve at M Health Fairview Bethesda Hospital, the state’s first dedicated COVID-19 care facility.

Debra Howze is a home care worker in the metro area. She sits on the Governor’s Council on an Age-Friendly Minnesota and is a board member of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota.

And if you are an essential worker (grocery store worker, janitor, health care professional, bus driver, etc.), we want to hear from you. Please send us a note here about your experience.

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