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COVID-19 confirmed in Lyon County

MARSHALL — The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed that a person from Lyon County has tested positive for COVID-19, Southwest Health and Human Services said Tuesday.

While it’s the first case confirmed in Lyon County, it’s likely that the coronavirus is already circulating in our communities, SWHHS leaders said in a Facebook post Tuesday morning.

The person who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently out of state, and is following all recommendations set by the MDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, SWHHS said. State and local public health agencies work together to support people and families in these situations, SWHHS said.

Public health officials say it’s important to follow guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19. That includes staying home if you are sick, washing your hands often and thoroughly, and following Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order. People should call ahead before going to a hospital or clinic, SWHHS said.

Look for Wednesday’s Independent for more details.

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