Brainerd MN

Brainerd Minnesota Lakes area is a regional shopping, industrial, and tourism center. There are many nearby resorts that take advantage of the many nearby lakes including Gull Lake. The Mississippi River flows right through Brainerd with five road/highway bridges and one railroad bridge crossing it. There is also the Paul Bunyan Trail, a bowling alley in Brainerd, Movie theater in Baxter, Amusement Parks in area. Brainerd is also home to one of the Central Lakes College campuses. More in General Info and Business Directory.

Covid-19 basics

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  • keep drinking water fountains and other water fixtures in proper working order- if they have been not used for a while they may need to be flushed by keeping water running
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water
  • Keep at least 6 to 12 foot distance from other people when possible. wearing masks is not a substitute for this.
  • Stay at home when sick(not meaning stuck there inside but distancing from others, doing what is neccessary)
  • avoid unnecessary travel and avoid large groups
  • cover your cough/sneeze - wash hands
  • when possible bag tissues in trash double bagging may be beneficial
  • Don't touch your face, since that moves germs in your hands go to your face
  • masks highly recommended, and required in State of Minnesota, many localities, and many businesses in public indoor settings and close settings outside
  • CDC face covering guidance
  • Minnesota Department of Health face covering requirements and recommendations
  • This is highly recommended and required since some since some people may not have symptoms and can still spread. It is for the person wearing the mask not to spread to others. Wear protective gear (PPE) when necessary including masks and gloves
  • people with breathing trouble, or other health problems caused by wearing it, or under age 2 should not wear masks. People over age of 2 that have health trouble with wearing should try a suitable substitute such a face shield or additional distancing
  • If wearing cloth masks be sure to keep it clean/laundered as germs are likely to build up on it.
  • Medical Problems/needs: When possible call first or use telemedicine/ online visits when being treated for anything that isn't an emergency/urgent
  • Do whatever you can distanced from others online - classes, work, virtual support groups if these help you, video/online religious services if this is suitable for you, etc.
  • Remember basic things to stay healthy-
    • Stay hydrated - drinking enough water
    • eat healthy foods
    • get plenty of rest/sleep
    • get exercise and fresh air
    • exercising every day -- walking, running, or biking can help build lung capacity
    • Don't be sedentary. Sitting or laying in place too long can cause blood clots. Most people have stopped sitting in cars or planes so this solves one problem. Avoid sitting too long doing distance learning, telecommuting, watching tv and avoid laying too long recovering from an illness. Blood clots are associated with people ill from the coronavirus.
    • avoid drinking alcohol since this will make you dehydrated and make it harder for your body to fight off infections
    • avoid smoking and avoid vaping since it will make you and others more susceptible to getting ill.
    • good oral hygiene- brushing teeth and flossing and rinsing
    • stay up to date with (all necessary(MMR for children,tetinus,influenza,etc)) vaccinations for other illnesses and wellness checks including for children. Also keep up to date with checkups and (all necessary) vaccinations for pets and animals

      Update: Due to shortages coronavirus vaccine may take a while to distribute
      Vaccine is in phase 1a stage in Minnesota availability depending on location availability (Jan 23 2021)
    • Keep things clean and sanitary -clean surfaces, wash dishes, rinse and take out recycling, take out garbage(This does NOT mean leaving big items that you have been waiting to get rid of at the curb), wash clothes, shower/bathe(this is not a substitute for frequent hand washing)

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originally published March 30 2020. Updated January 17 2021

Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning

  • tips from CDC
  • Do have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Do install a battery-operated or battery back-up CO detector in your home and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall. If the detector sounds leave your home immediately and call 911.
  • Do seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, or nauseated.

Brainerd Public Schools

Update November 11 2020
all grades will be distance learning on Nov 18
Nov 11, 12, 13 elementary students last days in classroom(that can attend safely)
Nov 15, 16 no class for prek-4 (transition for elementary pre-k and special education teachers)
Nov 18 entire district in distance learning

Brainerd Public Schools are transitioning back to distant learning for middle school and high school students.

Brainerd Schools

A hybrid learning plan was proposed by ISD 181 administration to the school board.
The proposal has prek-5 going to school everyday but only about 5 hours. 6-12 would be a combination of distant learning 3 days and 2 days in person for students. Secondary teachers will teach both distant learning and in person. All families are to fill an enrollment form. Families may also opt in for all district learning.


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