3/29/2020 11:05:00 AM BREAKING: First confirmed case of COVID-19 reported in Cottonwood County
At 10:48 a.m. today, Citizen Online received a report from Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services that Cottonwood County has now seen its first official report of COVID-19.
Kelcey Andrews, director of public health for DVHHS, issued the following statement (no further details were received):
"Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services was notified by the Minnesota Department of Health of a person from Cottonwood County that tested positive for COVID-19.
"This person is following all recommendations set by MDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MDH along with our local health department are working together to support persons and families in these situations.
"While this is the first confirmed positive case in Cottonwood County, it is likely that this virus is circulating in all of our communities and we need to act accordingly.
"With more cases being confirmed in Minnesota and the nation, it was only a matter of time before the virus was in our area. To slow the spread of disease and the ability of our health care systems to provide the best care, we continue to recommend: Stay home if you are sick Wash your hands, often and thoroughly Cover your cough Avoid touching your face Follow Governor Walz's Stay At Home Executive Order 20-20 Call the hospital/clinic before you go
"We understand that this is a stressful and scary time for our communities. While we physically cannot always be together, we can still support each other through phone calls, FaceTime, and cards. Please consider the neighbor who may need help with supplies or just a phone call to check in. We are in this for the long haul and can make a difference if we follow these guidelines."
For more information visit https://www.dvhhs.org/ or https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html or find DVHHS on Facebook (Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services Public Health.
Check the April 1 Cottonwood County Citizen and Citizen eEdition for much more on the COVID-19 pandemic and its local impact.
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