Beltrami County COVID-19 Update for 3/25/2020


March 26, 2020

Today, March 25th, Sanford Health announced the first positive case of COVID-19 in Beltrami County. This is not cause for panic.

The message from Public Health has been COVID-19 is widespread in the United States, even in Minnesota and likely already within the community.

To avoid COVID-19:

- Practice social distancing.

- Keep 6 feet between individuals.

- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

- Stay home when you are sick.

- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

- Cover your cough and sneezes.

- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Beltrami County Public Health and Beltrami County Emergency Management are constantly coordinating with the Minnesota Department of Health and our partners at Sanford Health to ensure accurate communication and coordination in the response to COVID-19.

“It is important to understand that the patient is under self-imposed isolation, not quarantine,” said Dr. David Wilcox, vice president medical officer and family medicine physician for Sanford Health. “While isolation serves the same purpose as quarantine, it’s reserved for those who are already sick. It keeps infected people away from healthy people in order to prevent the sickness from spreading whereas a quarantine separates and restricts movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they later become sick.”

If you feel you have COVID-19, here is what to do:

The symptoms of COVID-19 can vary from mild to severe respiratory illness. They occur 2-14 days after exposure. A key indicator of your risk is whether you have visited certain countries or were exposed to someone with COVID-19. Symptoms may include fever of 100.4° or more, cough, and shortness of breath.

If you think you may have the Coronavirus (COVID-19) do not to go directly to a medical facility or to your doctor’s office, CALL FIRST.

Only call 911 if you are in need of immediate emergency medical care.

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotlines:

651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903


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