Citing concerns over the health and safety of the Detroit Lakes community and Essentia Health-St. Mary's patients and staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Essentia is making changes to two of its annual community events.

The Community Blood Screening, usually held at Essentia Health in collaboration with the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary and Sanford Health, will be postponed this year.

"While this decision is a difficult one to make, the health and safety of our community is the main concern," states a press release from Essentia Health. "Thank you to the many people who have participated in past events, which have raised money for high school scholarships."

In addition, the annual Fire & Ice event, hosted by Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Foundation and originally planned for Sept. 25, is canceled this year. Essentia will at a later date announce new ways to support the work of the foundation, ways that better align with current COVID-19 precautions.

With questions regarding either event, call 218-844-2300.