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MN Dept. of Health: Prepare and Protect for COVID-19

Feb 29, 2020 09:57AM ● By Editor

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From the Minnesota Department of Health - Posted: February 29, 2020

When an outbreak of a disease reaches the point where it is actively spreading in a community, individual community members need to take actions too. By taking these actions, community members can help reduce the chances of getting sick and reduce demands on the health care sector so the most seriously ill people get the supportive care they need.

Take the same precautions recommended for avoiding colds and flu:
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. 
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough.

For all Minnesotans

  • Preparedness Tips

  • Think about backup plans for child care when a school is temporarily closed or when parents, children, or a child care provider is sick. 
  • Think about necessary items to have at home, including prescription medicines (check your refill dates), and non-prescription medications, such as fever-reducing medications.
  • While it is less likely in a mild to moderate outbreak that we would see shortages of food in stores, health officials suggest that people gradually build up at-home supplies of non-perishable foods over the course of the next few weeks. This may help make it easier to stay home if you or a family member becomes sick, or if you want to avoid sick people during more intense waves of transmission at various times in a given community.
    More guidance on preparing yourself and your family.
  • Behavioral Health and Emergency Preparedness
    Look for the Managing Stress and the Threat of COVID-19 on this page to understand stress reactions and increase your ability to cope during a public health emergency.

  • To read more information on the virus and see the latest updates, follow this link to the MDH website.
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