Kandiyohi County Public Health is advising people to stay home and limit unnecessary exposure to COVID-19.
Kandiyohi County is seeing a very steep increase in individuals testing positive for COVID-19. As the number of positive cases rises in our community, the number of COVID-19 related deaths also rises. There is an immediate concern that, without changes, our hospitals may reach capacity. We must do all we can to prevent that from happening and ensure that every person who needs a hospital bed can get one. Currently, clinic and hospital staff absences due to COVID-19 are increasing and may limit the ability to care for patients.
Starting today, we encourage businesses, places of worship, and community groups/clubs/organizations to decrease the spread by limiting unnecessary activities, meetings and events as much as possible while following the Governor’s new Executive Order guidance.
If you don’t need to go out, please stay home. We need our community to step up and help slow the spread. It is critical that we all do our part in assuring this active community transmission doesn’t continue to grow.
Local public health is working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health as they follow their process for contact tracing and investigations, which includes notifying individuals who have tested positive and those who have been in close contact with that person. Utmost patient privacy considerations are followed when notifying others of potential exposures. We are seeing delays in test results and want to remind everyone that if you have been tested but have not received results, you still need to self-isolate until you receive confirmation of results. If you have not heard from the Minnesota Department of Health or Local Public Health, please follow guidance which can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health Website.
With the very steep increase of widespread confirmed COVID-19 cases in our community and the associated increase in COVID-related deaths, it is critical that the residents of Kandiyohi County continue to stay home, wear a mask, practice social distancing, and continue good hand washing.
If you are experiencing: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, the new loss of taste or smell, or had potential exposure to a person with COVID-19, call the Carris Health Nurse Line, and they will direct you to the correct course of care.
For more Covid-19 information visit our Coronavirus Page. book