COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
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).
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 the same precautions recommended for avoiding colds and flu.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough and sneezes.
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.
What to do if you are sick
Most people who become ill with COVID-19 have symptoms that start with a fever and a dry cough. Most people will have mild illness and get better without needing any special care. If you are sick: stay home, cover your cough, wash hands and surfaces frequently, and try to separate yourself from other members of your household to avoid infecting them. Seek healthcare if needed. Please call your healthcare provider before going to the clinic or emergency room – they will give you special instructions and prepare for your arrival.
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.
The following fact sheets are available in PDF format from the Minnesota Department of Health.
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - English
- COVID-19 in Arabic
- COVID-19 in Chinese
- COVID-19 in Russian
- COVID-19 in Somali
- COVID-19 in Spanish
- COVID-19 in Vietnamese
If you are considering a trip, especially international travel, review CDC travel guidance. This guidance is changing frequently.
Face mask advice
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
For more information, visit CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
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.For more information, visit the Minnesota Department of Health web page: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html.