• Trinity Gruenberg

Minnesota health officials confirm case of novel coronavirus in Wadena County

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has confirmed a presumptive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wadena County. COVID-19 test results from the MDH Public Health Laboratory are considered presumptive, or tentative, until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has done additional testing. Minnesota health officials consider presumptive results actionable.

This case is a younger resident of Wadena County with a history of recent travel. We are working with health officials from the Minnesota Department of Health to assess the situation and determine any further recommendations for the county.

Wadena County is fortunate to have strong partnerships with hospitals, public health, emergency preparedness, and additional state and local partners. Together we will continue to monitor this evolving situation and let our communities know how to help protect themselves and others.

In a majority of cases, COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover. Health officials recommend individuals and families make a plan in case someone gets sick. They also suggest following the same steps that you would to avoid the seasonal flu:

 Stay home and away from others if you are sick.

Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue.

Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds with soap and water.

Avoid touching your face throughout the day.

MDH has set up a public hotline available daily, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The hotline number is 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903. Anyone can call this number with questions about COVID-19.

Visit www.cdc.gov and www.health.state.mn.us for more information about COVID-19.

For more information, contact: Wadena County Public Health 218-631-7629


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