Carlton County COVID-19 update 4/20/20
For updated case counts around the state, please continue to reference the situation map, updated by MDH daily at 11am here. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) continues to do the main investigation of each case, and Carlton County Public Health staff will follow-up when needed.
Statewide, of the 2,470 lab-confirmed cases on MDH’s website, 237 are currently hospitalized and 1,202 no longer need isolation (recovered). The Moose Lake Correctional Facility has reported 13 lab-confirmed cases in inmates (these fall within the 37 total in Carlton County), 15 of which have recovered (MN Department of Corrections website).
Amid COVID-19 concerns, please remind your friends and family members to fill out their Census Form! Minnesotans are responding to the census at a faster rate than any other state. But there’s still work to be done -- 43% of households have yet to be counted. Families can fill out their census in one of three ways: online (www.my2020census.gov), by phone (1-844-330-2020), or by mail (all homes will receive a paper questionnaire if they do not first respond online or by phone).
COVID-19 Outdoor Recreation, Facilities and Public Guidelines have been outlined on the Minnesota Department of National Resources website.
Additional Health Recommendations:
Community Memorial Hospital is now offering CMH Telehealth with many of its providers. With this program, patients can have a secure conversation with their healthcare provider by simply using a device with a camera and internet connection, such as a smartphone. These appointments are available for:
During the visit, patients will be able to speak directly to the provider and both parties will be able to see each other and carry on a conversation just as they would with an in-person appointment, except there is no commute or parking issue, short wait times and you won’t have to leave the comfort of your home. There is no concerns about social distancing and the appointments will be billed the same as a regular office appointment. To schedule an appointment or for more information about CMH Telehealth, call 218.879.1271.
In addition to telehealth visits, Community Memorial Hospital is continuing to see patients for:
Well Child Visits, ages: Infant – 2,4,6,12,15 months, 12 years.
OB visits (Provider Discretion)
Acute Illnesses: Transfer to clinical resource nurse.
Injections for chronic conditions.
IUD removal/placements (provider Discretion)
Testosterone (Provider Discretion)
As a reminder: if you need to see a doctor for any other need (urgent or not, including non-COVID-19 related) please do not hesitate to call your provider about your concerns, or go in to Urgent Care or the Emergency Room.
Mental Wellbeing Tip of the Day:
Fostering personal wellness:
Consider your nutrition. Be sure to eat and strive to fuel our body with nutrient-dense foods as much as possible and drink water!
Know someone who is struggling their mental wellbeing? Pass along the resources listed on the MN Department of Human Services website!
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:
Minnesotans are in the midst of school and workplace shutdowns, social distancing, and combining working remotely with family caregiving, and stress levels can become difficult to manage. The U of M Extension website offers resources and advice for all Minnesotans to help you get through these difficult times.
Carlton County has created a hub to provide public awareness of Community Resources & Services along with Business Hours & Closures. Carlton County is asking service and business owners to provide information to these community maps by submitting information under the Maps & Reporting section. The hub can be accessed via the county’s homepage (COVID-19 icon) or directly at bit.ly/CarltonCoHub
Please continue to visit the County webpage for updated details on building/service availability: http://www.co.carlton.mn.us/.
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
- (National) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- (International) World Health Organization