Record high daily cases of COVID-19 in Olmsted County
11/17/2020 Olmsted County Public Health

On Monday, November 16, 2020, the Olmsted County COVID-19 dashboard was updated to reflect the seven-day rolling average from data collected from November 7 to 13, 2020.  At the beginning of November, the average daily cases over a seven-day period was 67.1.  In as little as two weeks’ time, we have spiked to 125.1 daily new cases. This increase has put a strain on the current system of assisting those who have recently tested positive with COVID-19. 

As we continue to witness record setting increases, Olmsted County Public Health Services does not have the capacity to continue conducting case investigations and contact tracing for every individual who tests positive for COVID-19. 

It is important the public knows some cases and contacts may not receive a phone call from Olmsted County Public Health at this time.  

"Not being able to connect with individuals who have recently tested positive means that we are asking those who test positive for COVID-19 to assist us in our efforts to keep their family, friends, and co-workers healthy and safe," stated Director of Olmsted County Public Health Services Graham Briggs. 

If you receive a positive COVID-19 test, Olmsted County Public Health asks you to: 
  • Stay home: 
    • For at least 10 days since you first had symptoms; AND, 
    • You have been fever-free for at least 24 hours (without medicine that reduces fevers); AND, 
    • Your symptoms have improved for at least 24 hours. 
  • Start a list of people you had contact with beginning two days before your symptoms started to present.  
    • Contact those individuals on your list that you have tested positive for COVID-19 and inform them to: 
      • Stay home for 14 days from when they last had close contact with you.  
      • Seek COVID-19 testing 5-7 days from when they last had close contact with you. 
  • Contact your employer, school, or childcare about your diagnosis and specific guidance.
  • Avoid contact with others, even those in your household. 
  • Seek professional medical care if needed, by calling your healthcare provider or 911 if it is a medical emergency. 

‘We need Olmsted County residents to do their part in helping us reduce the spread of COVID-19. What you do today can make a huge impact. Please continue to wear your mask properly and physically distance from others. If you have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please get tested, stay home, and contact your friends and family," stated Briggs.  

At 3 p.m. today, Tuesday, November 17, 2020, Briggs will be providing a COVID-19 update during the Olmsted County Board of Commissioners meeting and providing information regarding what individuals need to do if they test positive for COVID-19.