Slow the spread of coronavirus in our communities

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Ashlie Johnson
Countryside Public Health
Public Information Officer

Countryside Public Health has plans in place and is actively working with area partners in response to coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. Minnesota now has 54 cases of COVID-19 with the number rising quickly.

Countryside Public Health encourages you to be prepared for yourself, family, & business for a possible outbreak.

Stay home from work and school when you are sick; staying home is fundamental to “stopping the spread.”

All employees and students should stay home if they are sick until at least 24 hours after their fever has ended – a fever of 100 degrees or higher. Prevent, sanitize, and prepare similar to the flu for COVID-19; wash your hands, cover your cough, & stay home when you are sick!

If you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, self-quarantine yourself for 14 days while monitoring your fever and respiratory symptoms. If you are sick with respiratory symptoms and need medical attention, you must call your local hospital or clinic before arriving. Your primary doctor will determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

Our most at-risk population continues to be our older population and patients with chronic medical conditions.

Travelers arriving from other countries or states that have high incidents of disease should self-quarantine and monitor themselves for fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Only leave home for essential needs; for example: food or medicine. Countryside Public Health recommends these travelers not attend gatherings. 

If you have questions about your symptoms or COVID-19, you can also utilize the MDH Hotline: 651-201-3920, available Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

How can organizations, faith-based organizations, and community organizations prepare for COVID-19?

The Centers for Disease Control has a Mitigation Strategy guide to answer all of your specific organization needs in different stages: none-minimal, minimal-moderate, and substantial factors.

How community and faith based organizations should plan for COVID-19 prevention

None-Minimal: Preparing
- Know where to find local information
- Know the signs & symptoms of COVID-19
- Identify safe ways to serve high risk populations
- Develop emergency plans
- Encourage staff and members to stay home if they are sick
- Encourage personal protective measures
- Clean frequently touched surfaces
- Ensure hand hygiene supplies are readily available

Minimal-Moderate: Cases known in community
- Implement social distancing measures:
- Reduce activities, especially for at risk populations
- Consider offering video/audio events
- Determine ways to continue providing support
- Cancel large gatherings or move to smaller groupings
- Large Gathering: 50-plus people
- Cancel gatherings serving at risk populations

Substantial: spread of cases in community
- Cancel gatherings of any size
- Stay informed by following our Countryside Public Health Facebook Page and regularly checking the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) & MDH (Minnesota Department of Health) website, and you local newspaper’s website.

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