Carlton County COVID-19 update 7/22/20
For updated case counts around the state, please continue to reference the situation map, updated by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) daily at 11am here (includes county-specific case count). MDH continues to do the main investigation of each case, and Carlton County Public Health staff will follow-up when needed.
Statewide, of the 47,961 lab-confirmed cases on MDH’s website, 273 are currently hospitalized and 42,234 no longer need isolation. Please visit the MN Department of Corrections website for more cases specific to those who are incarcerated. For any questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, call the Minnesota Helpline at 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504, Monday-Friday: 9am-4pm.
Following the Stay Safe Guidance that has been provided for Minnesota businesses per Emergency Executive Order 20-74 is vital in order to keep our dials turning forward toward a full re-opening. All MN businesses must establish and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan under this order as well. Check out more about specific guidance here, and if you have questions/concerns about violations of the guidance, please email email@example.com or call 651-793-3746.
Look out for each other! Wearing mask/face coverings is an important public health safety precaution in reducing transmission of COVID-19. Your mask helps protect others, and their mask helps protect you. Many Minnesotans could have #COVID19 and not show symptoms. Wearing a mask or face covering acts as a barrier to stop droplets and prevent you from unknowingly spreading the virus to others. Some entities in Minnesota have begun to require mask/face coverings in public spaces – when everyone wears a mask, this is the most effective way to reduce the spread. Please see the graphics below for more information, and find more safety precautions at MDH’s website here.
Photo Credit: Olmsted Medical Center, Facebook, 7/1/20
Photo Credit: MDH, 7/15/20
Recently, attorney General Keith Ellison, Governor Walz, Lt. Governor Flanagan announced financial institutions will provide additional mortgage-relief options to homeowners facing hardship due to COVID-19. Find more at the MN Attorney General’s website here.
As a reminder, Carlton County encourages residents to develop an emergency plan for your family in order to prepare for the potential of illness or hospitalization, and to reduce anxiety in case of emergency. Planning information can be found on MN’s Stay Safe website here.
Additional Health Recommendations:
People who have symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested. Some people without symptoms may be recommended to get tested—this recommendation would come from a public health worker who is in contact with you. Call ahead before going to the clinic to get tested because testing capacity can change throughout the day/week, and some clinics don’t test people who do not have symptoms.
While there isn’t a vaccine against COVID-19 yet, the good news is that vaccines can protect children from other serious diseases. Delaying or missing vaccines could put your child, your family, and your community at risk for these diseases. Talk to your child’s doctor about the best way to keep them on track with recommended vaccines, and find more information on the Minnesota Department of Health’s website.
Mental Wellbeing Tip of the Day:
Take time to laugh. Hang out with a funny friend, watch a comedy or check out cute videos online. Laughter helps reduce anxiety!
Carlton County Updates:
Election/Voting Information: Please visit Carlton County’s website for more information/precautions.
Continue to visit the COVID-19 Hub on Carlton County’s website to find local resources and information!
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:
- StaySafeMN Order and Safely Reopening Minnesota
- (State) Minnesota Department of Health
- (National) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- (International) World Health Organization