Sibley County health officials on Thursday morning confirmed the first case of COVID-19, commonly referred to as the coronavirus, in the county.
The individual has been asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days from their exposure and will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms. The Minnesota Department of Health is working with the infected person to identify and contact all potentially exposed individuals.
Sibley County Public Health and Human Services will be responsible for coordinating essential services for those in isolation and quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure. These services include ensuring they have access to food and water, health care, and other necessities.
As of this morning, there are 346 confirmed cases in Minnesota, and a second person has died from the disease.
Gov. Tim Walz yesterday directed Minnesotans who are not working in essential services to "Stay at Home" for two more weeks, and ordered bars and restaurants and other public accommodations to remain closed until May 1.
More information about coronavirus can be found on MDH’s Coronavirus website. MDH has also set up a public hotline that will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The hotline number is 651-201-3920.
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