COVID Press Release – Lincoln County – March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020

Southwest Health and Human Services (SWHHS) was notified by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) of a person from Lincoln County that tested positive for COVID-19.  This person is following all recommendations set by MDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  State and local public health work together to support persons and families in these situations.  While this is the first confirmed positive case in our six counties, it is likely that this virus is circulating in all of our communities and we need to act accordingly.

With more cases being confirmed in Minnesota and the nation, it was only a matter of time before the virus was in our area. To slow the spread of disease and the ability of our health care systems to provide the best care, we continue to recommend:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Wash your hands, often and thoroughly
  • Cover your cough
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Follow Governor Walz’s Stay At Home Executive Order 20-20
  • Call the hospital/clinic before you go

We understand that this is a time of stress in our communities. While we physically cannot always be together, we can still support each other through phone calls, FaceTime, and cards. Consider the neighbor who may need help with supplies. We are in this for the long haul and can make a difference if we follow these guidelines.

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

Minnesota Department of Health hotline 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903. The hotline is open 7am-7pm Monday – Sunday

Lauren Mellenthin 507-537-4075

SWHHS, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Ann Orren 507-532-1317

SWHHS, Health Education Supervisor

Carol Biren 507-532-4136

SWHHS, Public Health Director

Amber Scholten, 507-694-1463

Lincoln County Emergency Manager