Wedding attendees, close contacts asked to quarantine, watch for symptoms, get tested

The Minnesota Department of Health and Southwest Health and Human Services are investigating a cluster of COVID-19 cases linked to a large wedding, reception and dance that took place in Ghent in Lyon County on Aug. 22.

Several people in attendance at the wedding have symptoms and have tested positive for COVID-19, but it is likely many more were exposed and could be infectious. Due to the potential for a large number of people having been infected at this event, health officials from the two agencies are recommending strong measures to limit spread of the virus as much as possible.

People who know they were in close contact with a wedding attendee who tested positive or who was exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days from their last contact with that person. If you don’t know whether you had such contact, but you were at the wedding, reception or dance at the KB’s Bar and Grill that night, you should still be very diligent about limiting interactions with people as much as possible during the 14 days after the wedding, and be very conscientious about wearing a face mask and social distancing during that time.

Those who are concerned about their possible exposure are encouraged to get tested. However, health officials cautioned that if contacts of known cases test negative before their 14-day quarantine period is up, they still need to quarantine the full 14 days.

If you develop symptoms, you should get tested. If you are positive for the virus, you will be asked to isolate for a period of time until you are no longer considered infectious.

As always, during this time of community spread of COVID-19, everyone should practice social distancing from others, wearing a mask in public, covering their coughs and sneezes, washing their hands frequently and staying home if they are ill.

For more information, contact:
Ann Orren, Community Public Health Supervisor
Ann.orren@swmhhs.com
507-532-1317

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