One of the silver linings of a public crisis – like the Covid-19 pandemic – is that it often brings people and communities closer together. This is especially visible in smaller communities, like Minnesota’s North Shore.
So, it’s no surprise that when local businesses were notified that North Shore Health Hospital and Care Center in Grand Marais needed help to prepare for a possible influx of Covid-19 patients, Bluefin Bay Resorts was happy to step up.
North Shore Health had been asked how many patient beds it could provide if it used all available areas of the hospital. Cook County Chamber Director, Jim Boyd, asked area lodging establishments if they could help by providing twin beds.
Dennis Rysdahl, Bluefin Bay’s owner and CEO, knew that very few hotels or lodges use twin beds today, so he offered to help find beds through his supply sources. Dennis identified two roll-away bed styles that met the approval of Kimber Wraalstad, North Shore Health Administrator, and had 30 of each style shipped to Cook County. Those beds are currently stockpiled in a storage facility thanks to another local business owner, Jack Stone of Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply. [Let’s hope we don’t need them!]
Additionally, since Bluefin Bay Resorts are closed in April, many resort condo owners offered their units for people who may be exposed to the Covid-19 virus and need a safe place to quarantine. This planning was done in coordination with Cook County Public Health. Bluefin Bay is also making units available for anyone needing shelter in a domestic violence situation.
WTIP North Shore Community radio interviewed Dennis Rysdahl about assisting North Shore Health and you can listen to that interview here.
During hard times, we pull together. Maybe that’s why “family” is part of our name. Stay home. Stay safe. We’re hope you’re hanging in there. And, we’ll see you all again on the North Shore soon.
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