Public Health

Duties & Responsibilities

The mission and purpose of Nicollet County Public Health is to promote, protect, and preserve the health of county residents by offering:
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Public Health Education

The public is invited to contact Public Health to learn more about:
  • Promoting healthy communities and healthy behaviors
  • Preventing the spread of infectious disease
  • Preparing for and responding to disasters and assisting communities in recovery
  • Assuring the quality and accessibility of healthy services
  • Maintaining an adequate local public health infrastructure

 Influenza: When to seek medical treatment

Reporting Health Illnesses & Emergencies

If you are ill, contact your health care provider. To report an emergency, call 911.

Reporting Natural or Man-Made Emergencies

To report a natural or man-made emergency that may have serious public health consequences for the community, call the Minnesota Department of Health Emergency Operations at 651-201-5735.

Reporting Infectious Diseases

Physicians reporting an infectious diseases, call 651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414.

Reporting Foodborne Illness

To report a Foodborne Illness call the Brown-Nicollet Environmental Health office at: 
507-934-7089 or the Minnesota Foodborne Illness Hotline at 1-877-366-3455.

Winter Safety Tips         
 ·         Drive Safely in the Snow


​ Driving in the winter means changes in the way you drive. Snow, sleet and ice can lead to hazardous road conditions.

·  Avoid Strain while Shoveling



Shoveling snow is a major winter activity in many parts of the United States. Taking a few precautions can help you prevent unnecessary pain and suffering.

·   Frostbite
Use first aid to help someone who may have hypothermia or frostbite.

·   Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide detectors save lives, but less than one-third of American homes have one installed. with December and January at the peak of CO poisonings, be sure to follow tips like these:

                    ·  Replace the battery for your home’s CO detector each spring and fall
                    ·  Do not heat your home with a gas range or oven
                    ·  Never run a car or truck inside an attached garage

Information taken from National Safety Council   January 2018