WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) – The Minnesota Department of Health reported a total of 16 positive cases of COVID-19 in Winona District.
Three of those people have died of this disease. The regency said, because testing was limited, residents should not assume there were only 16 cases of COVID-19, nor should they believe that confirmed cases should be interconnected. It’s important to stay safe with social distance and follow Governor Walz’s orders throughout the state to stay at home except for limited exceptions for travel outside.
MDH prioritizes testing for patients who are hospitalized, their healthcare workers or hospital contacts, and people who live or work in a shared living environment (for example, correction facilities, group homes, long-term care facilities) who have symptoms that are compatible compatible clinically with COVID-19.
Until extensive testing is available, don’t assume you can prevent contracting COVID-19 by simply avoiding sick people. Aside from not interacting with the sick, practice a social distance of at least 6 feet from everyone. According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people can spread the virus before they even show symptoms of the disease. It is also possible for someone to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or an object that has a virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.
Long before COVID-19 was known to exist, Winona District prepared and planned this type of pandemic scenario. We have activated the plan, and we will serve and protect the people in Winona District as much as we can. However, we cannot do it alone. We need all members of our community for their part.
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