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COVID-19 Community Hotline
507-328-28229 a.m. - 7 p.m., Mon - Sat
For questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, call651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504Mon-Fri: 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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*Local Olmsted County updates will be posted by 1:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.
Please refer to MDH website for information regarding state COVID-19 data.
Weekly COVID-19 Data Report
Weekly COVID-19 Report 7.8.20 (767 KB)
Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Status Report
Minnesotans are encouraged to make a plan now for alternate short term care for children, parents and other family members in the event of illness. To support families in this process, Minnesota Department of Human Services has developed Make a Plan, Minnesota! The Emergency Family Planning and Information Kit helps families identify possible caregivers, gather vital family and child information, and share their plan with others.
6, 2020, Mayor Kim Norton signed, and the City Council voted to support the
third amendment to the existing Emergency Declaration, requiring individuals to
wear a face covering while in any indoor public space in Rochester, MN. The
signed amendment will take effect on July 8, 2020 and is effective until September 4, 2020 but could be extended.
Letter to Chamber of Commerce from Director Briggs, May 11, 2020 (114 KB)
Minnesota continues to move the dial and introducing more interaction between people over time. As we take cautious steps forward, it is more important than ever that we protect those most at risk, support workers, and all do our part to slow the spread of the virus. We continue to encourage everyone to:
Wash your hands often and regularly for 20 seconds or more;
Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet or more;
Wear a mask when in public settings;
Work from home when appropriate;
Stay home when sick and get tested if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19;
Keep group gatherings small with distancing practices in place.
Executive Order 20-33, seeks to balance public health needs and economic considerations, and now allows more Minnesota workers to return to work when it is safe to do so. Re-opening plans must include guidelines and requirements for appropriate social distancing, hygiene, and public health best practices. Executive Order 20-38 expanded exemptions related to outdoor recreational activities and facilities. Executive Orders 20-40 and 20-48 allowed for certain noncritical businesses to reopen after they had planned for and provided a safe work environment. A template COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, which covers the above requirements, is available as part of the Plan Guidance, available on
Public health professionals perform case investigations and contact tracing to help slow and prevent the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19. Olmsted County Public Health Services leads this work with the support and guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health.
What does the interview process look like?
When public health learns that someone has tested positive for COVID-19, an interviewer reaches out to talk to that person, usually by phone – this is known as a case investigation.
When talking to the person who tested positive for COVID-19, interviewers work to determine their close contacts – anyone who has been within 6 feet of them for 15 minutes or more while they were infectious. Interviewers then reach out to inform close contacts and their employer (when permission is granted) of possible exposure. This is the next step to prevent the spread of disease, known as contact tracing. Interviewers do not reveal the name of the person who tested positive for COVID-19 when speaking with close contacts.
What will interviewers ask?
Interviewers use pre-approved questions for case investigations and contact tracing. They ask every person for their date of birth, address, race, and ethnicity, and other questions. Interviewers will never ask for or write down immigration status, Social Security number, financial information or marital status.
Information collected during interviews is used only by public health agencies. The information is protected in secure systems and individual information is not shared with anyone else. Interviewers operate under strict confidentiality rules.
Interviews are available in other languages other than English, using skilled interpreters. Outreach materials are also available in several languages.
Every person interviewed receives guidance about how to keep themselves and others safe. Interviewers can also help connect people with resources they may need while they stay home for 14 days to ensure they are not sick (quarantine) or stay home to recover from being sick (isolation).
Why are these interviews important?
It is important to answer calls you receive from public health. When you do, it helps us:
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Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
Cover coughs and sneezes
Clean and disinfect
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On July 6, 2020, Mayor Kim
Norton signed, and the City Council voted to support the third amendment to the
existing Emergency Declaration, requiring individuals to wear a face covering
while in any indoor public space in Rochester, MN. This will
take effect on July 8, 2020.
Since the onset of the COVID-19
pandemic, the City of Rochester has prioritized the health and safety of
community members. In addition, the health and safety of patients and
companions that are visiting Rochester for complex medical care is of utmost
importance as well. Medical tourism is a critical part of Rochester’s
Mayor Kim Norton states, “With
infection rates on the rise locally, it’s important that we do everything we
can, as a community, to keep residents and visitors safe from the COVID-19
virus. The added benefit of protecting our businesses from another
shutdown and making their environments safer for more customers makes a mask
requirement the best choice right now.”
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