COVID-19 community spread on the rise

As of November 4, Minnesota reported the highest daily number of new COVID-19 cases to date. The virus is spreading in every community at an all-time high. It is not just big events that cause this incredibly high level of community spread.

These types of scenarios are also driving the spread: happy hours with a few friends, brunch with family members who live in other households, gatherings in your backyard, weddings and other ceremonies, etc.

People get exposed to COVID-19 when they are out and about from people who don’t know they have it. This silent spread gets into our schools, long-term care facilities and hospitals. If our health professionals and other critical workers can’t avoid the virus outside of work, then they can’t be at work taking care of people or providing essential services.

The good news is that we can do something about this. We all need to be asking ourselves what we are going to do to change our behavior to slow the spread.

Do your part to keep hospital beds available, keep doctors and nurses on the job, and keep schools open: wear a mask, wash your hands often, stay six feet from others, avoid large gatherings, get tested and always stay home if you are sick.


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