Willis Schlegel, 82, from Pierz, is in the Mille Lacs Health System ambulance garage, getting fake blood applied to his shirt and mouth. Halloween is over and this isn’t for fun. Schlegel ̶ acting as a patient with an unnamed, possible highly infectious disease ̶ is helping MLHS with their regional disaster drill.
On Nov. 1, MLHS participated in the drill, held on the Onamia campus and in conjunction with 19 other regional hospitals, local public health, and county emergency managers. The drill was in real-time and involved an “unplanned” situation needing an emergency disaster response.