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HHS announces recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Southwest Health & Human Services reminds everyone that in order to stop/slow down the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), we need to continue to follow the recommendations from Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Prevention and Control by staying home from work/daycare when you are sick.

If you are sick, please stay home for at least 72 hours after your fever is gone without taking fever-reducing medication. If you have respiratory disease symptoms (such as fever, coughing, muscle aches, sore throat and headache), you should stay home for at least 7 days and for 3 days with no fever and improvement of respiratory symptoms — whichever is longer.

If you have symptoms, but you can manage them at home, please stay home and don’t seek medical care unless you are older or have underlying medical conditions.

Call your health care provider to let them know that you are sick.

If you have been in contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19, self-quarantine yourself for 14 days while monitoring your fever and respiratory symptoms. If your symptoms worsen, call your health care provider first before going in.

Although there are no confirmed cases within our 6 county area, we should assume that the disease is circulating within our communities. By following measures such as social distancing, we can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If we all work together, we can make a huge difference in our communities.

Social Distancing is a term that you may have heard a lot about lately. This means distance yourself from others by 6 feet or more and if you need to be near other people, try to not make it long around 10 minutes or less.

Stay informed by following our Southwest Health & Human Services Facebook Page and our website. You can also regularly check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and the Minnesota Department of Health website.

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