Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update March 18, 2020

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See current information and resources regarding COVID-19.
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Under direction of the Minnesota Governor:

  • Minnesota places of public accomodation will be closed through March 27 at 5 PM.  Services may still be offered using delivery services or walk-up and drive-up services.  Grocery and convenience stores, pharmacies, and food pantries are to remain open.  
  • Contact the Minnesota Employement and Economic Development (DEED) for Information and Resources for Workers
  • Minnesota Schools will be closed from March 27, 2020.  Community members with children in school are directed to follow local school district instructions to best meet their children's needs.  Check with your local community should you need internet access.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) daily update and map is located on the MDH Situation Update site.

COVID-19 is believed to be spread from person to person through coughs and sneezes and by being in close contact of people with the illness. Coronavirus symptoms may include: fever, cough, shortness of breath.  Some people may also have muscle aches, headache, sore throat, and diarrhea.  If you have these symptoms, please call your health care provider for additional instructions before going to the clinic or hospital.

Follow these recommendations to reduce the risk of becoming sick with any disease, including coronavirus:

  • Stay home when you are ill and stay away from people who are ill.  People are most often contagious when they have a fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and show signs/symptoms of an illness. 
  • Wash hands with soap and water 20 seconds.  Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or a tissue.  Dispose of tissues immediately after use.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

At this time, families are encouraged to create a preparedness plan in case someone in your home needs to stay home from child care, school, or work.  The do1thing website is a resource you may wish to use.

For updates and more information about COVID-19, see the Minnesota Department of Health or Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.

Contact Fillmore County Public Health at 507-765-3898 with questions.