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Volunteers needed for public health exercise

The Public Health Division of Stearns County Human Services needs your help on Tuesday, June 28.

Adult volunteers are needed for an hour from 1:30-2:30 p.m. The public health agencies in Wright, Stearns, Sherburne, Benton, Isanti and Chisago counties are working together on a project to test plans to distribute medications in the event of a large-scale disease outbreak.

Volunteers will attend this clinic exercise to receive mock "medicine" to prevent an illness. In this drill the volunteer will pick up medication for their entire household. The exercise will be evaluated to see how quickly the staff can accurately give out medication to hundreds of people in a short period of time. The first 200 people to participate will receive a $10 gas/food gift card after the drill in appreciation of their help.

This is your chance to see Public Health in action. This event will be held at the Zimmerman High School. Local law enforcement and the Minnesota Department of Health will also be involved the day of the drill. Funding is provided by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for Public Health Emergency Preparedness.

Join your local public health agency as they test their ability to respond in an emergency.

Register online on the Sherburne County website at, then click on the link to volunteer. If you don't have internet access, you may register with Lori at (763) 241-2764. Transportation is also available. Volunteers can take a bus to the exercise from the Stearns County Service Center in Waite Park. The bus will leave Waite Park at 12:15 p.m., and will return by 4 p.m.

You must register to ride the bus by calling Stearns County Human Services, the Public Health Division at (320) 656-6251.