84-year-old Gayle Wilkerson holds the honor of living on a left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, for 10 years. The device allows a person who has severe advanced heart failure to still have a reasonable quality of life.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is reminding residents and essential workers to continue to follow safety guidelines as the fight against COVID-19 is as active as ever, especially in the holiday season.
Under new state COVID-19 guidelines going into effect this weekend, bars and restaurants are allowed to offer outdoor dining options at either 50% capacity or no more than 100 people at a time. Customers also need to remain seated while eating.
“They’ve had to provide an even more intense level of service to the most vulnerable in our population,” said Mankato Salvation Army Lt. Andy Wheeler. “We just wanted to take a moment and say ‘thank you.’"