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Posted on: March 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Minnesota Governor Tim Walz declares a Peacetime State of Emergency

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Now that the Governor declared a Peacetime State of Emergency, Chisago County Public Health and Emergency Preparedness has activated a system that assigns emergency roles to staff and involves regular meetings and actions to respond to COVID-19.  County staff are also communicating routinely with Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and local partners in effort to prepare, plan and keep our communities safe.

Please know that the recommendations put forth by the governor and MDH such as postponing and canceling large events are prevention strategies to help reduce the risk of person to person transmission in our communities. 

Things to Know:

Generally, most people who contract Coronavirus will experience mild symptoms.  The high risk population includes:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Lung disease 

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.

Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.

Continue to follow these steps to protect yourself and your family:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water
  • Cover your cough
  • Avoid close contact
  • Clean and disinfect surface areas

If we work together and follow this guidance, we can slow the spread of COVID-19.

For more information please visit the Minnesota Department of Public Health website for Guidance for All Minnesotans -- Strategies to Slow the Spread.

Questions about COVID-19?

Call the MDH Hotline: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903. 

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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