COVID-19 (Novel 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
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well (healthy) wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if you are ill and your healthcare provider recommends it. Buying facemasks if you are not ill can lead to shortages for healthcare professionals.
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.