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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

The best way to prevent this infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available

Public Health has been working diligently over the past several weeks with community partners including: hospitals and clinics, emergency managers and law enforcement, schools, counties and cities, businesses, faith-based organizations, etc. We’ve been working as a collective community to be prepared for this emergency.

The Minnesota Department of Health has recommendations for:

  • Communities
  • Individuals and Families
  • Schools and Child Care
  • Workplaces
  • Community and Faith-Based Organizations
  • Health Care Settings and Health Care Providers.

These recommendations include those who have underlying medical conditions.

The latest information can be found at these reliable sources:

MDH COVID-19 hotline number has changed:

It is 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504 Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The mental health Crisis line is available at **CRISIS (**274747).

For further local information, please call or e-mail the following:

Lauren Mellenthin

Ann Orren

Carol Biren

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