Update on COVID-19 from McLeod County Public Health

To the Community of McLeod County:

McLeod County’s Public Health personnel would like to update the community with the most current information regarding the COVID19 situation. First, please understand the information regarding COVID19 is changing very quickly; there’s a possibility the information could change by the time the public is reading this. As of the evening of March 15th, McLeod County has no known positive cases of COVID19. In the event of a positive case, designated McLeod County Public Health personnel would be notified by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Public Health is and will continue working with MDH during this pandemic. Local Public Health is working hard to keep up with the rapidly changing information and will share available information as the situation evolves.

We need assistance from the community in many ways. One of those ways is by avoiding panic. Panic and alarm will not be helpful; this is the time to stay informed and continue to practice all of the same things we do to avoid influenza – wash your hands, avoid touching your face, cover your cough, and stay home if you are sick.

For more information access the following resources:

·         Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
·         “How to Protect Yourself.”

Minnesota Commissioner of Health, Jan Malcom, shared at the press conference on March 13th that, “these strategies will impact the lives of all Minnesotans, but we are hopeful we can reduce the impacts of this outbreak by working together. All Minnesotans share the risks and the responsibilities now”. She shared, “the responsibility first and foremost is to stay home when you are sick”, and that, “applies to everyone – no exceptions during a serious outbreak like this.”

If you have further questions regarding COVID19, contact the Minnesota Department of Health’s public hotline from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The hotline number is 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903. This hotline is for informational purposes; for emergency medical attention, as always, dial 911.