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Coronavirus and Douglas County

Posted: 03/13/2020

Author: Julie Anderson

Category: Departments

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Governor Tim Walz declared a Peacetime Emergency today in response to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus)

What does this mean for all of us in Douglas County? 

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today announced a series of recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus. We ask that you take the advice below seriously and in the coming days and weeks call ahead to see if events and worship services have been cancelled or are being offered using technology.

  • cancelling or postponing gatherings with 250 or more people, including concerts, conferences, professional and amateur performances or sporting events.
  • cancelling or postponing smaller events (those with less than 250 people) that are held in settings that do not allow social distancing of 6 feet per person.
  • limiting attendance to no more than 10 people for events where the majority of participants are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • People and families at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness staying at home and avoiding gatherings or other situations of potential exposures, including travel.
  • Health care facilities and assisted-living facilities more strictly limiting visitors.
  • Faith-based organizations offering video or audio events.

At this time, Minnesota Health Department is not recommending that K-12 schools close unless specifically advised to do so by health officials.

Shopping for groceries and other items is not affected by these recommendations, although it is a good idea to limit close contact when doing so – and people who are sick should not be shopping or using transit. They should stay home until they recover.

The recommendations to avoid mass gatherings do not pertain to normal operations of airports, bus and train stations, medical facilities, libraries, shopping malls and centers, or other spaces where 100 or more people may be in transit. Even so, people in high-risk categories (the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions) should consider limiting such activities.

Again, if you are sick stay home. If you need to visit a health facility in Douglas County this weekend, the recommendation is to first try an e-visit at Alomerehealth.com to connect to a health care professional or call 320-763-5123. 

Horizon Public Health is the lead agency on the response to coronavirus. Please visit their website at https://horizonpublichealth.org/

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