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Covid-19 Update
23-Oct-2020

Thirteen more people have died and more than 1,700 people have been infected with COVID-19, according to Friday's update from the Minnesota Department of Health. The death toll for the duration of the pandemic is up to 2,314, the majority of whom (1,623) were people living in long-term care settings. Just two of the 13 newly reported deaths Friday were residents of long-term care. Of the 13, there was a person in their 40s from Dakota County and two individuals aged in their 50s, both from Ramsey County. There were 1,721 positive tests reported, of which ten were removed for a total of 1,711 confirmed cases. The MDH reported 26,343 diagnostic PCR tests and an additional 399 antigen tests for a total of 26,742 completed tests. Those tests were from 11,320 people tested. As if often the case, patients are tested multiple times, so the more accurate reading for test positivity rate is based on the total number of people tested, which today is 15.1%. The positivity rate for Friday when total cases is divided by total tests is 6.40%. Health experts say positivity rates need to be below the 5% mark to control the spread of the virus. As of Oct. 22, there were 163 COVID-19 patients in an ICU in Minnesota, in addition to another 421 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in a non-ICU bed. Overall, the state's maximum number of available ICU beds (1,905) are 56.7% filled (1,080 patients, of which 163 have COVID-19). Todd county currently has 768 confirmed cases of covid-19 along with 5 deaths.

 

Free Covid Testing In Morrison County
23-Oct-2020

For three days, Morrison County residents can get tested for COVID-19 for free in Little Falls. The testing is open to everyone, whether they have symptoms or not. And it’s free, no insurance is needed. The testing days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, Oct. 27, 28, 29, from noon – 6 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, 901 Broadway West, Little Falls. Those who want a test are asked to register online to help keep wait times short and give people plenty of space. This is a test to see if a person has COVID. It will not indicate whether the person already had COVID. Those who are not able to sign up online or who need a translator can call 1 (855) 612-0677 for assistance.

 

Covid-19 Update
22-Oct-2020

Deaths from COVID-19 are surging again in Minnesota. After 35 deaths were reported Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Health, another 20 are included in Thursday's report. The death toll for the duration of the pandemic is up to 2,301, the majority of whom (1,621) were people living in long-term care settings. Thirteen of the 20 newly reported deaths were residents of long-term care, and all 20 were at least 70 years old. There were 1,574 positive tests reported, of which zero were removed for a total of 1,574 confirmed cases. The MDH reported 25,016 diagnostic PCR tests and an additional 610 antigen tests for a total of 25,626 completed tests. Those tests were from 14,388 people tested. As if often the case, patients are tested multiple times, so the more accurate reading for test positivity rate is based on the total number of people tested, which today is 10.94%. The positivity rate for Thursday when total cases is divided by total tests is 6.14%. Health experts say positivity rates need to be below the 5% mark to control the spread of the virus. Todd county is currently at 752 total cases of covid-19 along with 5 deaths.

 

Little Falls Man Charged
22-Oct-2020

A Little Falls man is suspected of fleeing a deputy after assaulting a man, according to a criminal complaint. 34 year old Derek Hoehle, made his first appearance in court Tuesday. Hoehle was charged with one felony count of second-degree assault and one felony count of fleeing a peace officer with a motor vehicle. According to the criminal complaint against him, a deputy was sent to the 10000 block of Sues Road Northwest around 7:45 a.m. July 24. A man reported a vehicle with two men in it were jumping dirt piles on his property, causing damage. Employees followed the vehicle away from the address, and while the vehicle was leaving, the man was trying to stop the vehicle. The vehicle fled at a high rate of speed, forcing the man to jump out of the way so he did not get hit, according to the complaint. The man said he fear for his safety The vehicle returned a second time, according to the complaint, and went over the jumps, causing a muffler to fall off. The driver stopped to pick it up, and an employee at the location recognized the driver as Hoehle. A Benton County deputy found the vehicle at a stop sign at 115th Street Northwest, according to the complaint, and placed his squad in front of the vehicle. The vehicle reversed and attempted to go around the deputy's car. After a deputy ordered the car to stop, the passenger left the vehicle and was almost hit with the passenger side door. The driver continued putting his vehicle in reverse, and got around the squad car as the deputy attempted a pit maneuver. The passenger identified the driver as Hoehle.



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Covid-19 information

Information from Centracare - Long Prairie

 

What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus, which is a large family of viruses. Other coronavirus outbreaks include (SARS) in 2003 or MERS in 2012. COVID-19 is in the same family of viruses.
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others through respiratory droplets produced when they cough or sneeze. A person can have COVID-19 before experiencing symptoms. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest) and some spread might be possible before people show symptoms.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with confirmed COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath
The CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear two to 14 days after exposure.
What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your health care provider. For CentraCare, please call CentraCare Connect at 320-200-3200. DO NOT go to the ER or urgent care. Call first.
Who can be tested for COVID-19?
Symptoms are similar to other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza, so experiencing these symptoms alone does not necessarily mean you need to be tested for COVID-19. Additional criteria will help your health care provider decide if you should be tested, such as:
• If you have history of recent travel (within past 14 days) from an affected geographic area.
• If you had close contact with any person who is a lab-confirmed COVID-19 patient.
How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Who is at higher risk for getting COVID-19?
• Older adults
• People who have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease

What To Do if You Are Sick

Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick

Follow the steps below: If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have it, follow the steps below to help protect other people in your home and community.

man in bed
Stay home except to get medical care
  • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency.
  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
family separated
Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation
  • Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific “sick room” and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people.
    • Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people with the virus limit contact with animals until more information is known.
    • When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick with COVID-19. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.
on the phone with doctor
Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Call ahead: If you have a medical appointment, call your doctor’s office or emergency department, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.
man wearing a mask
Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
  • If you are caring for others: If the person who is sick is not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live in the home should stay in a different room. When caregivers enter the room of the sick person, they should wear a facemask. Visitors, other than caregivers, are not recommended.
woman covering their mouth when coughing
Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
  • Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
washing hands
Clean your hands often
  • Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
  • Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option, especially if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
don't share
Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Do not share: Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home.
  • Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water or put in the dishwasher.
cleaning a counter
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday

Clean high-touch surfaces in your isolation area (“sick room” and bathroom) every day; let a caregiver clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in other areas of the home.

  • Clean and disinfect: Routinely clean high-touch surfaces in your “sick room” and bathroom. Let someone else clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas, but not your bedroom and bathroom.
    • If a caregiver or other person needs to clean and disinfect a sick person’s bedroom or bathroom, they should do so on an as-needed basis. The caregiver/other person should wear a mask and wait as long as possible after the sick person has used the bathroom.

High-touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.

  • Clean and disinfect areas that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
  • Household cleaners and disinfectants: Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant.
    • Be sure to follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Many products recommend keeping the surface wet for several minutes to ensure germs are killed. Many also recommend precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
    • Most EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
taking temperature
Monitor your symptoms
  • Seek medical attention, but call first: Seek medical care right away if your illness is worsening (for example, if you have difficulty breathing).
    • Call your doctor before going in: Before going to the doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do.
  • Wear a facemask: If possible, put on a facemask before you enter the building. If you can’t put on a facemask, try to keep a safe distance from other people (at least 6 feet away). This will help protect the people in the office or waiting room.
  • Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department: Your local health authorities will give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the operator that you have or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before medical help arrives.

father playing with his son
How to discontinue home isolation
  • People with COVID-19 who have stayed home (home isolated) can stop home isolation under the following conditions:
    • If you will not have a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
      • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers)
        AND
      • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
        AND
      • at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared
    • If you will be tested to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
      • You no longer have a fever (without the use medicine that reduces fevers)
        AND
      • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
        AND
        you received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart. Your doctor will follow CDC guidelines.

 

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