Coronavirus Local

Wed
08
Apr
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It’s here: County reports its first COVID-19 case

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County reported its first case of COVID-19 disease Monday when a person was reported to have tested positive. Official confirmation of the case was expected from the Minnesota Department of Health later Tuesday after the Monitor-News had gone to press.

The person is in her 20s and her contracting the disease is likely travel related. She is currently following Minnesota Department of Health recommendations and self-isolating at home in Benson.

Swift County’s first case comes one month after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the state March 6. The diagnosis brings the reality of the deadly virus to the county and underscores the necessity for strict observation of the social distancing measures the community has been repeatedly urged to follow in recent weeks.

Sun
05
Apr
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Updates from the Governor

Today, Governor Walz delivered his second State of the State address

Sat
04
Apr
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Updates from the Governor

Yesterday, Governor Walz signed an Executive Order to lift hours of service requirements for certain truck drivers, in order to support the state’s agriculture community, while they work to keep Minnesotans fed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fri
03
Apr
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Updates from the Governor

Governor Walz today unveiled a new State of Minnesota COVID-19 dashboard that tracks the virus in Minnesota and provides the latest available data on available ventilators, ICU beds, personal protective equipment (PPE), and testing.

Thu
02
Apr
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What are you doing during the COVID-19 outbreak shutdown?

The sign says it all as far as what Bruce Ellingson, of Saint Michael, has been doing lately during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Wed
01
Apr
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COVID Testing Station

Sitting behind a Plexiglass shield SCBHS nurse Michelle Sonnabend waits to test people entering the facility. You will be asked a series of questions and if you answer “yes” to any you will get your temperature taken and go through further screening. You are also likely to be asked to wear a mask when you enter SCBHS if you answered “yes” to any questions.

Wed
01
Apr
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Plans for COVID-19 tri-county hospital on hold

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Plans for opening the Tri-County COVID Medical Center at the Prairie Correctional Facility are temporarily on hold while the State Health Care Coordination Center decides whether or not it will license the facility.

The state agency is asking all hospitals in Minnesota to send it their plans for handling a surge of COVID-19 patients at their own facilities first, Co-CEO of Swift County-Benson Health Service told its governing board at a special meeting Thursday night.

Thursday afternoon the CEOs of the five hospitals working to set up the Tri-County COVID Medical Center (TCMC) had a conference call with representatives of the Office of the State Health Care Coordination Center.

TCMC is a partnership between SCBHS, Appleton Area Health, Madison Health Care Services, Johnson Memorial Health Services of Dawson and Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital.

Mon
30
Mar
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DPS-DVS Offices Statewide Closing for Two Weeks; Driver's License Extensions on the Way

DPS-DVS Offices Close as Gov. Walz Issues Executive Order for Minnesotans to Stay Home

Wed
25
Mar
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SEOC UPDATE #6: GOV. WALZ ORDERS MINNESOTANS TO STAY HOME STARTING AT 11:59 P.M. FRIDAY

ST. PAUL Gov. Tim Walz announced today that he is ordering Minnesotans to stay home Friday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m. until Friday, April 10 to help limit the spread of COVID-19 so the state’s health care system is prepared to care for those who fall critically ill. The Governor is also extending the closure of schools until May 4 and bars and restaurants until May 1.

Wed
25
Mar
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County passes emergency declaration

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

At an emergency meeting Friday morning the Swift County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution declaring a state of emergency due to the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus.

Swift County Emergency Manager Bill McGeary told the board that while it did not appear that the emergency declaration was necessary at its March 17 meeting, that new guidance from the Department of Homeland Security now required the declaration.

The emergency declaration allows the county to track the steps it is taking to deal with the spread of COVID-19. “It will allow you to keep track of what we are doing…but as this thing gets bigger and the county takes a more aggressive role, it will allow you to free up some funds that will probably be reimbursable.”

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