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Covid-19 Update
18-Jun-2021

Friday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 115 new cases and four new deaths. The state's death toll is 7,531 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 59.4% (4,460) were residents of long-term care. Through June 16, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 152. Of those hospitalized, 44 people were in intensive care and 108 were receiving non-ICU treatment. Hospital admissions involving COVID patients in Minnesota dropped to 223 on March 7 before rising to 699 on April 14. Since that mid-April peak the numbers have dropped precipitously, falling to 440 May 17 and now under 160. The 115 positive results in Friday's update were from 13,941 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 0.82%. According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 1.20%. Todd County is currently at 2,856 confirmed casesd of covid-19 and has added one new death bring the total deaths in the county since the pandemic started at 33.

 

Drug Bust
18-Jun-2021

A search in Sylvan Township, rural Pillager has resulted in an arrest and drugs being seized. The man arrested has been identified as Wade Borders, age 58, of Pillager. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on June 15, 2021, pursuant to an ongoing investigation into the sales and use of drugs, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Crow Wing County LADID Task Force conducted a search warrant at a residence in Sylvan Township, rural Pillager MN Total seized was 9.7 grams of methamphetamine, 324 grams of marijuana, 3 dosage units of a Schedule II controlled substance, 2 dosage units of a Schedule IV controlled substance, 15 dosage units of a legend drug, 2 grams of marijuana wax, 12 marijuana plants and ammunition. Located and arrested at the residence was Borders. Formal charges relating to drug sales and drug possession are pending Sheriff Burch reports some information that led to this arrest was gathered from an anonymous Crime Stoppers of Minnesota tip. Tips can be submitted safely and anonymously through the website at crimestoppersmn.org or by calling 1-800-222-8477.

 

Protestors Arrested
18-Jun-2021

31 people were arrested Tuesday following a Line 3 oil pipeline protesting incident near Park Rapids. According to the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, the individuals were taken to the Hubbard County Jail where they were charged with public nuisance, unlawful assembly, and disorderly conduct. Deputies were called to the scene on Hubbard County Road 11 in Henrietta Township around 7:30 AM after protesters gathered at an Enbridge equipment site there. A caller had reported that a van had pulled in front of a semi-tractor-trailer, causing it to abruptly stop on the highway. A press release from the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office says the occupants of the van quickly got out with one individual crawling underneath the semi and attaching herself to the rear axle with an apparatus called a “sleeping dragon”. Another individual climbed on top of the trailer and attached themselves to an item on top of the trailer. According to the press release, deputies started making arrests after car loads of people arrived to protest at the location and refused to leave after authorities told them they were violating public nuisance and unlawful assembly laws.

 

Covid-19 Update
28-May-2021

Friday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 364 new cases and five new deaths. The state's death toll is 7,408 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 59.8% (4,427) were residents of long-term care. Through May 27, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 316. Of those hospitalized, 77 people were in intensive care and 239 were receiving non-ICU treatment. The 364 positive results in Friday’s update were from 21,250 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 1.71%. According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 2.96%. Todd County has 2,846 confirmed cases of covid-19 along with 32 deaths.

 

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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.
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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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