In the two weeks since implementation of the State of Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan – Phase III, Blue Earth County has been experiencing an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases.

As of June 24, 2020, Blue Earth County had a total of 267 cases reported.  91 of those cases have been reported since June 20, 2020.   Of those 91 new cases, 85% have been in the 19 to 25-year-old age range, with 24 years of age being the median.

The Minnesota Department of Health is the lead agency for contact tracing and investigation in Blue Earth County.  We work collaboratively with the Minnesota Department of Health in these efforts, providing support to our community to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Current testing has expanded to a broader range of individuals now including, but not limited to, those who have participated in large gatherings, are experiencing symptoms, asymptomatic people in congregate settings, involved in cluster investigations, and asymptomatic people requiring medical care.  The expansion of who can get tested, increased availability of testing, and transition to Phase III and expanded contact between people are contributing factors to the increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Blue Earth County Public Health encourages residents to:

  • Practice distancing by staying 6-feet away from others when possible.
  • It is recommended to wear a face mask if you are unable to maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash hand often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as workstations, handrails, and doorknobs.
  • Contact your health care provider if you have concerns about your health and for more information about testing options.

Blue Earth County also coordinates essential services for residents diagnosed with COVID-19 who need to self-isolate or who have been directed by a health care professional to self-quarantine due to an exposure to COVID-19.  Essential Services could include assistance in obtaining food, water, medication, shelter, or other similar services. Public Health Supervisor, Kelley Haeder, encourages residents who have a need for assistance to call 507-304-4319.

For additional information please visit the following sites:

Stay Safe MN: https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/stay-safe-mn/stay-safe-plan.jsp

Stay Safe MN:  https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/returntowork.pdf

Current testing guidance: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/hcp/eval.html

Coronavirus Disease 2019: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html