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With the continued increase in COVID-19 transmission in our communities, Halloween and other holiday celebrations will need to look different.
To celebrate Halloween safely this year and help stop the spread of COVID-19 keep these general tips in mind:
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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 the 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
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As of July 25, 2020, per the
Governor's Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces, unless alone. Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. Research has shown that use of face coverings can greatly reduce the risk of infection when combined with other prevention efforts such as social distancing and hand hygiene.
For more information about face coverings and the Executive Order, please see the
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