As testing increases in southwest Minnesota, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases increases as well. According to Southwest Health and Human Services, some of the new cases may be due to large gatherings.
On Tuesday, Ann Orren – Southwest Health and Human Services, Community Public Health Supervisor, stated, “We are definitely seeing an increase in numbers in our rural areas. We are aware of several larger gatherings over the last couple of weeks and can link many cases back to those events. We understand that when young, healthy individuals contract the virus, they are not likely to become severely ill. Unfortunately, we don’t live in seclusion and when a young person is asymptomatic or has very mild symptoms, they can still be contagious. This poses a greater threat for individuals who are older or who have underlying conditions.”
According to Southwest Health and Human Services, Coronavirus Disease 2019 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. Person-to-person spread means:
Due to the increase of community spread in SW Minnesota, whether you are indoors or outdoors, remember to:
If someone that you have had close contact with has COVID-19, you must separate yourself from others. Stay home and do not go to work, school or any place outside of your home for 14 days after the last date of exposure. Even if you are tested and your test comes back negative, you must stay home for 14 days.
If you become sick, get tested. If you test positive, stay home and separate yourself from other people in your home by staying in a separate area of the home. You can leave your home and end isolation after these three things have happened:
If your symptoms get worse, you have difficulty breathing, or you need medical care: