Carlton County COVID-19 update 4/16/20
For updated case counts around the state, please continue to reference the situation map, updated by MDH daily at 11am here. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) continues to do the main investigation of each case, and Carlton County Public Health staff will follow-up when needed.
Of the 1,912 lab-confirmed cases on MDH’s website, 213 are currently hospitalized and 1,020 no longer need isolation (recovered). The Moose Lake Correctional Facility has reported 13 lab-confirmed cases in inmates (these fall within the 29 total in Carlton County), 10 of which have no longer requiring isolation (MN Department of Corrections website).
Additional Health Recommendations:
Carlton County officials answer three important and common COVID-19 questions below:
What does community transmission mean?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) definition of community spread is “…people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.” MDH’s website shares that the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
More questions about community transmission/spread? Check out CDC’s COVID-19 FAQ page.
When do I wear a mask?
The federal government has issued some new guidance on the use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).
When do I go in if I have COVID-19 Symptoms?
If you are sick can manage symptoms at home, you don’t need to seek health care or be tested. This prevents you from accidentally spreading COVID-19 to others who may be at higher risk for serious complications. If your symptoms get worse, call your health care provider before going in. CDC’s Coronavirus Self-Checker found at Symptoms & Testing can help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. This tool is not intended for the diagnosis or treatment of disease or other conditions, including COVID-19.
Please note: if you need to see a doctor for any other need (urgent or not, including non-COVID-19 related) please do not hesitate to call your provider about your concerns, or go in to Urgent Care or the Emergency Room.
Mental Wellbeing Tip of the Day:
Foster Personal Wellness:
Carlton County Public Health and Human Services is continuing to recommend that anyone with general health-related questions about COVID-19 call MDH’s hotline (7am-7pm): 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903.
Carlton County Updates:
Please continue to visit the County webpage for updated details on building/service availability: http://www.co.carlton.mn.us/. Some highlights are:
Please continue to access the following websites for the most up to date and accurate information:
Stay At Home Executive Order – MN: www.mn.gov/stayhomemn
(State) Minnesota Department of Health - MDH: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
(National) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
(International) World Health Organization - WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019