COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Stay informed

Health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).Visit the MDH and CDC COVID-19 websites for continuously updated information. MDH offers a hotline for individuals who may have questions about COVID-19 at 651-201-3920; it is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Nicollet County is working closely with MDH and other local partners to respond to this rapidly evolving disease outbreak. 

Here is what Nicollet County residents can do:

Take care

Take the same precautions recommended for avoiding colds and flu.

  • Distancing 
    • Stay home as much as possible.
    • Stay at least 6 feet from other people if you are in public places.
    • Telework if you can.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • If you are 65 and older or have certain underlying medical conditions, stay at home and avoid situations where you could be exposed, including travel.
  • Hands and face
    • Wash your hands often, with soap and water. Wash for at least 20 seconds. Always wash your hands after being in a public place and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
    • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Throw used tissues in the trash.

Face coverings

 As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor's Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces, unless you are alone. Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. Research has shown that use of face coverings can greatly reduce the risk of infection when combined with other prevention efforts such as social distancing and hand hygiene.

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Prepare

Gather supplies and develop a plan for your household now, so you are ready in case someone gets sick or in case school, daycare or work is canceled. Visit Ready.gov for more tips and a checklist of useful supplies.

Educate yourself

There are many rumors circulating online about COVID-19. To stay healthy and safe, make sure your COVID-19 information comes from reliable sources — like MDH, or CDC — or your healthcare provider.

What to do if you are sick

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • chills
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • sore throat
  • fatigue
  • congestion
  • loss of taste or smell
  • other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. 

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after you are exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Not everyone with COVID-19 has all of these symptoms, and some people may not have any symptoms. Talk to your health care provider if you have questions or concerns about symptoms. Visit this webpage to learn more about symptoms and where to get tested: https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/if-sick/is-it-covid/

Don’t discriminate

Do not show prejudice to Minnesotans of Asian descent or assume that someone of Asian descent is more likely to have COVID-19. Do not discriminate against people wearing a facemask or assume that they are ill. People wear masks for a variety of health and cultural reasons.

Resources

The following fact sheets are available in PDF format from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Travel advice

 If you are considering a trip, especially international travel, review CDC travel guidance. This guidance is changing frequently.