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Posted on: April 9, 2020

[ARCHIVED] PRESS RELEASE: Carlton County COVID-19 update 4/9/20

Carlton County COVID-19 update 4/9/20

General Updates:

Carlton County officials were notified by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) of one additional lab-confirmed COVID-19 case in a Carlton County resident. No additional details were shared at this time and the case is being investigated by MDH. The lab-confirmed case total for Carlton County is 15. Please find the situation map, updated by MDH daily at 11am here.

Of the 1,242 lab-confirmed cases on MDH’s website, 145 are currently hospitalized and 675 no longer need isolation. The Moose Lake Correctional Facility has reported 9 lab-confirmed cases in inmates (these fall within the 15 total in Carlton County), 7 of which have recovered.

Governor Walz’s Executive “Stay at Home” Order has been extended through May 4th. Please see the press conference here, and find continued information on the Governor’s website here.

- The press conference includes detailed health information regarding the modeling and epidemiological data that led to the decision to extend the order. The main focus of the extension is to plan for response, recovery and resources.

- The most up to date COVID-19 information for workers, businesses and unemployment insurance can be found on the Minnesota Employment and Economic Development’s website here. Also see success stories about how Minnesota pulls together in times of need. Here are companies we’ve found doing extraordinary things during this time.

During this time of uncertainty, more and more people may be facing economic hardship. If your household or someone you know is worried about paying bills contact Lakes and Pines CAC, Inc. for help. (Phone: 320-679-1800 or Toll Free: 800-832-6082. Lakes and Pines CAC, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization; a charitable, educational, private, non-profit corporation serving the seven county area of: Aitkin, Carlton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine

Additional Health Recommendations:

It is easy to feel ‘cooped up’ during the stay at home order. Below are some reminders to help support good mental wellbeing:

- Get Dressed:  Even if it’s just into comfort clothes; this will help you feel more productive and less in a rut.

- Eat New Healthy Recipes:  If you can, eat a variety of food and try different recipes.  This will give your day variety and keep your body feeling healthy.

- Exercise: Move your body somehow – a walk around the block or some easy stretching. Aim for 20 minutes of moderate exercise which will naturally stimulate various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier, more relaxed and less anxious.

- Be Creative: Try doing new activities or bring back old ones.  Used to crotchet, paint, or do jigsaw puzzles?  Try it again.  Getting creative is a great way to keep your spirits up and your mind relaxed.

- Stay Connected: Even though we can’t go visiting, make sure you stay connected.  A good way is video chatting or even just a phone call.  This will help you and the people you are talking to feel less isolated.

- Get Some Fresh Air: Fresh air will help you not feel so cooped up or “stuck” in your home.  Getting outside would be best but even standing by a window to get some sunshine will be beneficial. 

- Unplug: Everyone everywhere is talking about the virus. Turn off your devices and get some well-deserved time away.

- Reach Out:  Mental health is always important but especially important during times like this.  Reach out if you need to and remember to check in with our friends and family.  We are all in this together!

Carlton County Public Health and Human Services is continuing to recommend that anyone with general health-related questions about COVID-19 call MDH’s hotline (7am-7pm): 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903.


Carlton County Updates:

Please see most up to date information for the Carlton County Local Boards of Appeal and Equalization meetings on the County’s website here.

Please continue to visit the County webpage for updated details on building/service availability:


Please continue to access the following websites for the most up to date and accurate information:

Stay At Home Executive Order – MN:

(State) Minnesota Department of Health - MDH:

(National) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC:

(International) World Health Organization - WHO:

Press releases will continue to be added to Carlton County’s website homepage (, under the Newsflash Section. They will also be added to Carlton County’s Facebook Page (, along with other community resources.

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