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Posted on: May 14, 2020

[ARCHIVED] PRESS RELEASE: Carlton County COVID-19 update 5/14/20

Carlton County COVID-19 update 5/14/20

General Updates:

For updated case counts around the state, please continue to reference the situation map, updated by MDH daily at 11am here (includes county-specific case count). 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 13,435 lab-confirmed cases on MDH’s website, 298 are currently hospitalized and 9,136 no longer need isolation. Please visit the MN Department of Corrections website for more cases specific to those who are incarcerated.

The Governor addressed MN on 5/13 related to state planning around COVID-19. Please see a recording of the briefing here. More details regarding the changes after May 18th will be outlined on the Governor’s COVID-19 website here in the coming days.

Questions about COVID-19 and pets? Visit the following websites for more information:

- Protecting Yourself and Your Family (scroll down to “Household Pets”) (MDH)

- Companion Animals and COVID-19 (MDH)

- If You Have Animals (CDC)

- COVID-19 and Animals FAQs (CDC)

The Minnesota Department of Education (with input from state and school based partners) issued guidance to all schools around graduation ceremonies for this spring. More information can be found under the “Guidance for Districts and Schools” heading here. Until further guidance is issued on social gatherings, the Governor’s Stay at Home order does not allow families to host graduation parties at this time. A list of allowed activities is posted here.

Explore Minnesota from a Safe Distance! Scroll to check out photography, live videos, animal cams and more! Check it out here.

Additional Health Recommendations:

May is Asthma Awareness Month – please see “Asthma & COPD: COVID-19 Myth Busting with Dr. Juanita Mora” on the American Lung Associations website here!

Recent reports have indicated that in MN, some routine childhood immunization rates have dropped by 71% in the month of March, mostly due to the pandemic. Clinics in our region are safely offering Well child/Child & Teen Check-ups which include routine vaccinations. If your child is behind, or due for immunizations or a Well child/C&TC, please contact your healthcare provider to schedule an appointment today!

“Due to its multiple benefits, physical activity should not be an afterthought during this pandemic…” Read more about how Physical Activity Can be Helpful in the Coronavirus Pandemic on America Walks’ website here!

Find CDC Print materials here related to symptoms, guidance for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), clinics, etc., how to manage COVID-19 symptoms at home, sharing facts about COVID-19 and other resources.

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare has two new episodes of “It Takes a Village: Child Welfare in a Pandemic” that can be listened to here.


Mental Wellbeing Tip of the Day:

Cultivate healthy thoughts: Engage in positive self-talk. If you catch yourself having negative thoughts about yourself, ask if you would speak to a friend in such a manner.  If the answer is "no" then replace those thoughts with positive ones!

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 (Weekdays 8am-6pm and Weekends 8am-4pm): 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903.

Carlton County Updates:

As a reminder, Carlton County has created, and maintains 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 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

- (National) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

- (International) World Health Organization

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