(Tuesday, March 31, 2020) Horizon Public Health has been notified by the Minnesota Department of Health of the first lab confirmed case of COVID-19 in Traverse County. The person was tested and is now in isolation at home and being monitored by MDH.  Over the past weekend both Douglas and Otter Tail Counties were added to the list.

“We have suspected that COVID-19 has been circulating in our community, we now have that confirmed,” said Ann Stehn, Public Health Administrator for Horizon.

After nearly 20,000 completed coronavirus tests in the state of Minnesota, two more deaths and 629 confirmed COVID-19 cases, the Minnesota Department of Health has released more information on the ages of the people being diagnosed.  The total number of people who have succumb to their symptoms is 12.  MDH says the median age of the deceased is 86, ranging in age from 58-95.  Both hospitalized and hospitalized cases in ICU average around 62.5.  Hospitalized cases range in age from 6-95, while ICU patients range in age from 33-95.  Non-hospitalized patients average 42 years of age with a range of 5 months old to 104 years old.  Of all 629 cases the average age is 46.

288 patients no longer need to be isolated.

The following are Governor Tim Walz' opening remarks during the March 31st News Conference. (AUDIO BELOW)

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 (6) 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.