The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Itasca County. The individual is in their 60s.

“At this point, there has been no request for the County to provide any essential services to this person. The Minnesota Department of Health will conduct contact investigations and make recommendations to those individuals based on their interviews,” said Kelly Chandler, Itasca County Public Health Division Manager. “While we understand this will raise the concern level for those in our community, our local health care providers and county partners have been preparing for this for weeks. We encourage everyone to continue to follow the recommendations of medical experts on how best to protect themselves and contain the spread of this virus."

In a majority of cases, COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

“If you have mild symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, please stay home and self-quarantine. If your symptoms get worse, please contact your health care provider for further guidance, which may include staying home and self-monitoring, a virtual visit or an in-person visit,” says Dr. Dan Soular, Family Medicine Physician and Vice President of Medical Affairs at Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital. “We also ask that people continue to be extra diligent about washing hands frequently with soap and water or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow, avoiding touching your mouth or face, practicing social distancing, and closely adhering to the current stay at home guidance from the Governor.”

Information on COVID-19 can be found on websites including Itasca County Public Health, the Minnesota Department of Health, or the Centers for Disease Control. The public may also call Itasca County Public Health’s COVID-19 information phone line at (218) 327-6784 Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 4:30PM or the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-3920.

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