Posted: March 20, 2020
First Coronavirus Cases Identified in Fillmore County
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) confirmed two positive cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Fillmore County. These cases include one Fillmore County resident in their 20s and one in their 60s who were likely exposed through contact from travel outside of the United States.
These patients are in isolation at home and recovering. Fillmore County Public Health is working with MDH and health care partners to address needs of these patients and provide guidance to others who may have contact with them.
The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is spread primarily by respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza is spread. It can also spread when people touch surfaces that have been contaminated by an infected person and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth.
Fillmore County Public Health would like to stress again the importance of continuing to do the things that can limit the spread of the coronavirus:
• Stay home and away from others if you are sick
• Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or tissue
• Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds with soap and water
• Avoid touching your face.
More information about coronavirus is available website at www.health.state.mn.us. The MDH public hotline at 1-800-657-3903 is open 7AM to 7PM. The Fillmore County COVID-19 hotline for media and the public is available Monday thru Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. This number is 507-765-2642.