At the local level, Carlton County Public Health and Human Services (CCPHHS) is working with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and local preparedness partners on planning for a unified response to COVID-19. CCPHHS is aware and updated regularly of the changes associated with the COVID-19. Carlton County has plans in place to respond to an infectious disease outbreak. Employees are trained and practice these plans.
Based on current CDC recommendations, the best way to prevent spread of any upper respiratory illness is to wash your hands frequently, stay home if you are sick, cover your cough, and get a flu shot. At this point, CDC does not recommend the use of facemasks as a preventative measure for the general public. Influenza is currently widely circulating in the region, it is not too late to be vaccinated for flu.
For more up to date information on COVID-19 in Minnesota, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health’s website: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/. View a short video from the Commissioner of Health, Jan Malcolm, here: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/materials.html .
For national information, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.