(Douglas County, MN)  Horizon Public Health has been notified by the Minnesota Department of Health of the first lab confirmed case of COVID-19 in Douglas County.  The patient was tested and is now in isolation at home and being monitored by MDH.

Horizon Public Health Administrator Ann Stehn says, "We have suspected that COVID-19 has been circulating in our community, we now have that confirmed."  Another case was discovered in nearby Otter Tail County.

Dr. Deb Dittberner, Chief Medical Officer for Alomere Health, says "This doesn't change anything. We've been adapting and changing as if COVID-19 has been here. We will continue with the proactive steps we've done delivering health care in the Douglas County area and following the other measures Governor Walz has put into place."

On Sunday MDH released the current status regarding COVID-19 cases in the state.  After completing 17,657 tests, NINE people have now died as a result of COVID-19.  503 people have tested positive.  Since the first case was discovered in Minnesota, 75 cases have required hospitalization and 39 remain in the hospital as of Saturday.  252 patients no longer need to be isolated.  

Public Health officials state that the recommended actions for the general public remain the same as we all work together to slow the spread of this virus:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces
  • Practice social distancing — six feet from others
  • Follow Minnesota’s Stay At Home order, don’t gather with others
  • Limit trips for essential items
  • Call first, when possible, before seeking healthcare and follow your provider’s instructions

The public is encouraged to call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline if they have health questions at 1-800-657-3903. The hotline is staffed 7 days per week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Visit horizonpublichealth.org, the Minnesota Department of Health at health.state.mn.us or the Centers for Disease Control at cdc.gov for accurate information that is regularly updated.

Numbers by county, as of 11:00am Sunday:

  • Hennepin 171, Olmsted 47, Ramsey 46, Dakota 39, Washington 27, Martin 21
  • Anoka 17, Le Sueur, Mower 11, St. Louis 10, Carver, Scott 9, Blue Earth 8
  • Dodge 7, Fillmore, Wright 6, Sherburne, Stearns, Steele 5, Clay, Wabasha, Winona 4, Nicollet, Rice, Waseca 3, Beltrami, Goodhue 2
  • Benton, Big Stone, Cass, Chisago, Clearwater, Cottonwood, Douglas, Faribault, Isanti, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Mahnomen, Otter Tail, Renville, Sibley, Wilkin 1