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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

Caring for Yourself or Others at Home
As of April 1, 2020, Todd County has no lab confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID‐19). Although due to a shortage of
COVID‐19 testing materials, local transmission of the virus may be currently occurring in Todd County. Most people who
get sick with COVID‐19 will have only mild illness and should recover at home. Care at home can help stop the spread of
COVID‐19 and help protect people who are at risk for getting seriously ill from COVID‐19.
If you are caring for yourself or someone at home:
 Monitor for emergency signs‐ If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID‐19 get medical attention
immediately. Emergency warning signs include: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new
confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face.
 Prevent the spread of germs‐ COVID‐19 spreads between people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet)
through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
o Have the person stay in one room, away from other people, including yourself, as much as possible.
 Avoid sharing personal household items, like dishes, towels, and bedding
 If facemasks are available, have them wear a facemask when they are around people, including
o Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after interacting with the
sick person.
o Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
o Every day, clean all surfaces that are touched often, like counters, tabletops, and doorknobs
o Wash laundry thoroughly. If laundry is soiled, wear disposable gloves and keep the soiled items away
from your body while laundering. Wash your hands immediately after removing gloves.
o Avoid having any unnecessary visitors.
 Treat symptoms‐ For most people, symptoms last a few days and get better after a week.
o Make sure the sick person drinks a lot of fluids to stay hydrated and rests at home.
o Over‐the‐counter medicines may help with symptoms.
 Carefully consider when to end home isolation (staying at home)‐ People can stop home isolation under the
following conditions:
o They have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use medicine
that reduces fevers)
o Other symptoms have improved (for example, when their cough or shortness of breath have improved)
o At least 7 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared.
Todd County has set up a website with information for the public at:‐disease‐ 2019‐covid‐19/ As this is a rapidly changing situation please continue to check back to this website for updates.



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)
      • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
      • 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)
      • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
        you received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart. Your doctor will follow CDC guidelines.



The KEYL/KXDL Business office is now closed to the public until further notice due to coronavirus/covid-19 concerns. Please call 320-732-2164 or email us at if you have business with us or have announcements for us to air. Thank you. 


The KEYL/KXDL Radio Auction will net be on the air this month. This is due to our business office closed to the public. We thank you for your patience during this uncertain time. We look forward to having the next Radio Auction in April.


LPGE Food Service Plan During School Closure

The Long Prairie/Grey Eagle School district will be providing breakfast and lunch to students during the school closure beginning Wednesday March 18th and continuing through Friday March 27th. The important points for families to know are as follows:

1. Long Prairie/Grey Eagle School has made application to the State to provide these meals free of charge.

2. Breakfast and lunch will be delivered at the same time once per day. The buses will run beginning at 9:00 a.m. and the Grab & Go Program will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on school days.

3. Meals will be made available in two ways:

A. LPGE will use their school buses to deliver meals to each of their normal stops on the bus routes. This includes the in-town stops. Someone from the house will need to meet the bus and pick up their meals.

B. A Grab & Go program will be set in the commons of the Secondary School and the lobby of the big gym of the Elementary School. School staff will distribute meals to those that come to the school.

Meals will not be served on site.

Please call your child's school office if you have questions.


Gov Tim Walz orders all schools in Minnesota to close March 18 - March 27 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.



Exciting News!!! You can now, not only hear Hometown Radio KEYL on AM 1400, but you can also listen to us on FM 103.1.



Latest News 


A total of 30 people have died from the new coronavirus in Minnesota, health officials announced Monday. One person died since the numbers were released Sunday morning.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 986 Monday. Of those cases, 470 patients no longer need to be isolated.

Total approximate number of completed tests: 28,128

  • Total approximate number of completed tests from the MDH Public Health Lab: 8,876



  • Total approximate number of completed tests from external laboratories: 19,252

Total cases requiring hospitalization: 223

  • Hospitalized as of Monday: 115



  • Hospitalized in ICU as of Monday: 57


Todd County Sheriff

On Monday morning (04/06/2020) at 11:43 Laurel Marcyes of rural Long Prairie reported to the Todd County Sheriff’s Office damage to his mailbox. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Todd County Sheriff's Office at 320-732-2157.


blood drive

CAMP RIPLEY — There's a shortage of blood donations in the U.S. due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthy people are encouraged to donate at a blood drive on Thursday at Camp Ripley's Old Armory (Bldg. 15-1) near Little Falls. There's a blood donation center in St. Cloud at 1301 West St. Germain St. as well. "The Red Cross is in extreme need of blood donations and have several procedures to ensure safety and health of volunteers and donors," according to a press release from the Minnesota National Guard Monday.The blood drive will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Camp Ripley on Thursday. There are still donation spots available.State health officials are urging people to donate blood and confirm that it's safe for healthy people to do so. Donors can make appointments with the Red Cross Blood Donor App, at or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.


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