The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak started in China in December 2019, and was labeled a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020. To date, over 43,000,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed and over 1,150,000 deaths have been reported in 188 countries/regions. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) continues to test for COVID-19. We have over 135,000 COVID-19 positive cases in our state and 2,353 deaths.
A significant number of deaths in the United States have been at long-term care facilities. This highlights the serious threat the diseases poses to the elderly and infirm. COVID-19 is currently believed to be spread from person-to-person through droplets in the air, very similar to how influenza spreads. The following links and resources are provided in an effort to help you protect your clients/residents, staff, and communities.
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UPDATED October 13
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You are welcome to call MDH with any questions regarding infection control:
Of course, you can also contact us for questions or help. Our toll-free number is 1-800-462-0024.