May 22nd, 2020 Update
May 18th, 2020 Update
Joint Information Center Formed in Lyon County on COVID-19
MARSHALL, MINN. (May 18, 2020) -- Entities in Lyon County have formed a Joint Information Center (JIC) to establish a central point of communication related to local response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lyon County, Southwest Health and Human Services, the City of Marshall and Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center collaborated to form the JIC connecting incident management structures from each of these organizations to streamline the sharing of critical communication.
Lyon County Emergency Management Director Dan DeSmet said, “JICs are formed by organizations that have separate command structures working together on the same issue. The purpose is to minimize duplication and maintain an efficient flow of accurate, timely and coordinated emergency information.”
Thus far, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lyon County have remained low, but officials realize numbers could grow in the future. Partners have reviewed and updated respective pandemic plans and are closely monitoring the situation.
“The JIC will serve as a central point for gathering, verifying, coordinating and disseminating information to the public and media concerning incident response, recovery and mitigation. We feel that is critically important during this pandemic,” said Mary Maertens, Regional President and CEO, Avera Marshall.
The JIC structure is fluid and could be expanded to incorporate other agencies, cities and individuals from Lyon County and surrounding communities should there be the need.
Mayor Bob Byrnes said, “Communication is key not only in helping local entities respond, but also in helping the public better understand ways they can minimize spread of the virus.”
May 15th, 2020 Update
Mayor Bob Byrnes and Dr. Steve Meister share the latest local information regarding COVID-19 including information about summer recreation programs and the aquatic center.
May 14th, 2020 Update
May 13th, 2020 Update
Stay Safe MN
Minnesota is now slowly moving 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 Minnesotans to:
- Wash your hands often
- Get tested when sick
- Maintain social distance
- Wear a mask
- Stay home when able
We also urge everyone to pay attention to their mental health. This is a stressful time and help is available. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and you can find resources on our Mental Health Support page.
Beginning May 18, non-critical businesses, like retail stores and main street businesses, can reopen if they have a social distancing plan and operate at 50 percent capacity. Additionally, the Walz-Flanagan Administration is assembling guidance on how to safely reopen bars, restaurants, barbershops, and salons beginning June 1. Watch for more updates from the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development about what this means for business.
Also, starting May 18, Minnesotans are welcome to gather with friends and family in groups of 10 or less with safe social distancing practices in place.
Importantly, this situation is fluid, and will be prepared to dial back if we need to. We will continue to follow the guidance of public health experts and make data-driven decisions.
We will monitor the rate of new cases, testing capacity, the percent of COVID-19 tests that are positive, and the percent of COVID-19 cases for which the source of infection if unknown. If there are sudden increases, we may move the dial back. More information on the data we are tracking can be found in the State of Minnesota Response and Preparation Capacity section.
The Minnesota National Guard with the 934th Air Wing of the Air Force Reserves flew over Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center today in recognition of essential workers statewide during the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 5th, 2020 Update
May 4th, 2020 Update
Mayor Bob Byrnes and Dr. Steve Meister share information about the local planning for COVID-19.
April 30th, 2020 Update
Walz extends order until May 18, allows curbside pickup for retail stores and strongly encourages all Minnesotans to wear masks when outside the home
April 29th, 2020 Update
FREE FARMER'S MARKET
United Community Action Partnership, along with Second Harvest Heartland and SMSU will be hosting a drive-thru food distribution for anyone who needs it.
Tuesday, May 5th
SMSU Parking Lot B2
April 17th, 2020 Update
Mayor Bob Byrnes and Dr. Steve Meister share information about the local planning for COVID-19.
April 15th, 2020 Update
City of Marshall Receives Donation from Marshall Somali Community
The City of Marshall is pleased to announce a charitable contribution in the amount of $3,000 from the Marshall Somali Community in response to COVID-19. Over one hundred members of the Somali Community have come together to raise these funds with the goal of supporting the city and its residents during this unprecedented time.
“As we battle COVID-19 our Somali Community in Marshall have come together and asked ourselves what can we do as citizens of this great City of Marshall we all love and call home,” said Mohamed Ahmed, Somali Community Leader. “We all need to come together and help each other in any way we can because we are all in this together.”
In response to this substantial donation, Mayor Byrnes stated, “I am amazed at the thoughtfulness of our Marshall Somali Community. This is incredible.”
Mayor Byrnes is looking for ways to utilize this generous donation so that it will have the greatest impact for our city and the residents of Marshall.
The Marshall Somali Community, represented by Somali Community committee members, presented the donation to Mayor Byrnes and City Councilmember Steven Meister, who has played a vital role in the response to COVID-19, accepting on behalf of the City of Marshall.
April 10th, 2020 Update
Marshall Public Schools has added two new pickup locations for grab-and-go lunches starting Tuesday, April 14th. Additional locations are the back parking lot of Park Side Elementary School on East Lyon Street and the other is the parking lot of AP Design just off Highway 23 near Canoga Park Drive.
April 9th, 2020 Update
Here is an updated list of what is open and closed under the Governor's Stay-at-Home order.
April 8th, 2020 Update
Mayor Bob Byrnes, Director of Public Safety Jim Marshall and Dr. Steve Meister share information about the local response to COVID-19.
April 2nd, 2020 Update
Call for Area Residents to Sign Up as Volunteers
The City of Marshall and Lyon County are partnering together during this time of need and we are asking for your help.
In an effort to be prepared to respond as COVID-19 spreads, we are asking residents in our area to consider signing up to volunteer for when the need arises. While we do not yet know the specifics of what volunteer opportunities may be required, we are being proactive to create a database of people we could call on during this time of community need.
If you are interested in signing up to volunteer, please provide your information in our Google Form (link below) and we will reach out to you if volunteer assistance is required.
Thank you for your willingness to give back to our communities in this time of need.
March 31st, 2020 Update
Mayor Bob Byrnes and Dr. Steve Meister share information about the local response to COVID-19.
Public Advisory on the Status of City of Marshall Parks and Trails
Marshall, MN – March 31, 2020 – As a result of Minnesota Governor’s Executive Order 20-20 Directing All Minnesotans to Stay at Home, the City of Marshall is providing further information on use of its parks and trails by the public.
According to the Governor’s Order, individuals may engage in outdoor activities (e.g.,walking, hiking, running, biking, driving for pleasure, hunting, or fishing),and may go to available public parks and other public recreation lands, consistent with remaining at least six feet apart from individuals from other households.
All City of Marshall parks and trails remain open so the community can engage in self-directed outdoor exercise (walking, biking) while following social distancing and personal hygiene guidelines.
The City notes for the public that family members not showing symptoms of COVID-19 in the same household may play together. According to the CDC, children should not have playdates with children from other households. If children are playing outside their own homes, it is essential that they remain 6 feet from anyone who is not in their own household.
When visiting the parks and using trails, we ask you to please:
- Follow guidance on personal hygiene — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and avoid high-touch surfaces. If you are ill or have cold or flu symptoms, please stay home.
- Observe the minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other visitors as you walk, bike or play.
- Warn other trail users of your presence to allow proper distance. Step off trails to allow others to pass.
- Bring your own water — park drinking fountains should not be used at this time.
- Park equipment is not sanitized. Use at your own discretion.
The City asks you to follow these recommendations to support the health and safety of our community. Thank you for your cooperation.
March 27th Update
Mayor Bob Byrnes, Dr. Steve Meister and Marshall Public Schools Superintendent Scott Monson share information about the local response to COVID-19 in the following video:
Here is some updated information from Marshall Public Schools regarding the Grab-and-Go meals being provided to anyone under 18 years old.
March 26th, 2020 Update
The Marshall Police Department encourages all residents to follow the Governor’s Executive Order 20-20 Directing Minnesotans to Stay at Home to slow the spread of the COVID-19. Our focus is to encourage the public to read and follow the order to ensure the safety and well-being of our citizens. We will continue our daily work of keeping the community safe. We ask if you or your employer has questions regarding the Governor’s Order related to your specific business, please seek legal recommendations. The Marshall Police Department does not require the public to have employer verification letters for traveling within the State of Minnesota. If emergency services or assistance is needed, please call 911 or the non-emergency number of 507-537-7000.
Stay safe and well,
James Marshall, Director of Public Safety
March 25th, 2020 Update
Mayor Bob Byrnes provides a video update regarding the Governor's directive for a two-week "Stay at Home" order this afternoon.
Governor Walz Issues Stay at Home Order for Minnesotans
Executive order directs Minnesotans to limit movement to slow the spread of COVID-19
To slow the spread of COVID-19 across the state, Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-20 directing Minnesotans to stay at home and limit movements outside of their home beyond essential needs. This order takes effect at 11:59pm on Friday, March 27 and ends at 5:00pm on Friday, April 10.
“We must take bold action to save the lives of Minnesotans,” said Governor Walz. “Having served as a Command Sergeant Major in the Army National Guard, I know the importance of having a plan. While the virus will still be here when this order ends, this action will slow the spread of COVID-19 and give Minnesota time to ready for battle.”
Modeling released today by the Minnesota Department of Health and University of Minnesota predicts that more than 70,000 Minnesotans could die from COVID-19 if we take no action. The Governor’s two-week order to stay home is forecasted to significantly slow the spread of COVID-19 and allow the state time to make key preparations for the pandemic. These preparations include building hospital capacity, increasing access to life-saving equipment like ventilators, increasing testing, planning for how to care for vulnerable populations, and assessing public health data to determine which community mitigation strategies are most effective.
“We will work with our world-renowned health care sector, cutting-edge manufacturers, innovative business community, and strong-spirited Minnesotans across the state to tackle this virus head on,” Governor Walz continued. “These are trying times. But we are Minnesotans. We see challenges—and we tackle them. No matter how daunting the challenge; no matter how dark the times; Minnesota has always risen up—by coming together. If we unite as One Minnesota, we will save lives.”
Minnesotans may leave their residences only to perform any of the following activities, and while doing so, they should practice social distancing:
- Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies
- Outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing
- Necessary Supplies and Services, such as getting groceries, gasoline, or carry-out
- Essential and interstate travel, such as returning to a home from outside this state
- Care of others, such as caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household
- Displacement, such as moving between emergency shelters if you are without a home
- Relocation to ensure safety, such as relocating to a different location if your home has been unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation, or essential operations reasons
- Tribal activities and lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservation
“Our top priority is the health and safety of Minnesotans,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “As the mom of a first-grader and the daughter of a parent with underlying health conditions, I know that the coming weeks will be difficult for many Minnesota families, but social distancing is the most important action we can take as a community to limit the spread of COVID-19 and care for each other.”
“Public health and health care workers around the state are working incredibly hard to protect Minnesotans from this outbreak, and we need all Minnesotans to do their part to slow the spread,” Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said. “These new measures will buy us much-needed time to secure additional resources and line up additional protections for our most vulnerable Minnesotans.”
Workers who work in critical sectors during this time are exempt from the stay at home order. These exemptions are based on federal guidance from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with some Minnesota-specific additions. This includes, but is not limited to, jobs in:
- Healthcare and public health;
- Law enforcement, public safety, and first responders;
- Emergency shelters, congregate living facilities, drop-in centers;
- Child care;
- Food and agriculture;
- News media;
- Water and wastewater; and
- Critical manufacturing.
The Governor also today issued executive orders extending the closure of bars, restaurants, and other public accommodations set forth in Executive Orders 20-04 and 20-08 until May 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm and authorizing the Commissioner of Education to implement a Distance Learning Period for Minnesota’s students beginning on March 30 through May 4, 2020.
The Governor’s Executive Orders will have the full force and effect of law upon approval by the Executive Council.
March 24th, 2020 Update
Watch the latest video update with Mayor Bob Byrnes, Avera Marshall's Dr. Steven Meister and Director of Public Safety Jim Marshall as they discuss the latest information:
DEED Creating Emergency Loan Program for Minnesota Small Businesses
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is creating an emergency loan program to help Minnesota small business owners who need immediate assistance to meet their families’ basic needs during COVID-19 closures.
The loan program was created under the Small Business Assistance Executive Order 20-15 announced by Governor Tim Walz on March 23. The loan program is intended to help businesses temporarily closed under Executive Order 20-04, later clarified by Executive Order 20-08, which stopped onsite customer dining at restaurants and bars and closed an extensive list of other small businesses whose owners may not have adequate cash flow to withstand temporary closure.
Executive Order 20-15 directs DEED to create a Small Business Emergency Loan Program by making available $30 million from special revenue funds. These dollars will be used by DEED’s lender network to make loans of between $2,500 and $35,000 for qualifying small businesses. The loans will be 50% forgivable, and offered at a 0% interest rate. If other financing becomes available to small businesses that received an emergency loan, such as federal funding, the emergency loan must be repaid. These emergency loans will be made by an existing network of lenders DEED works with across the state. Depending on the size of the loans offered to businesses, DEED estimates this emergency loan program will provide needed resources to between 1,200 and 5,000 businesses. DEED expects loan applications will available later this week through our lender network. Minnesota small businesses should send questions about this emergency loan program to ELP@state.mn.us.
The executive order also allows local units of government or lending partners which have a revolving loan fund to use those funds to issue loans to retail and service providers for the next 90 days. DEED estimates that up to $28 million in capital could be accessible through local revolving loan funds and local governments through this action. Local partners will be looking at ways to deploy these resources to support their local businesses.
March 23rd, 2020 Update
MN Businesses Now Eligible for SBA Funding
Minnesota businesses became eligible for the initial government tool for relief from the impact of COVID-19.
Thanks to a concerted effort by the state of Minnesota and the Small Business Administration (SBA) to contain the economic impact of Coronavirus, the state’s small businesses are now eligible for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program and can apply for a loan at SBA.gov/disaster.
SBA Disaster Loan Basics:
- This program can provide low-interest loans of up to $2 million to small businesses and private non-profits.
- Maximum unsecured loan amount is $25,000.
- Loans over $25,000 require collateral.
- Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills.
- Current interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The non-profit interest rate is 2.75%.
- Loans have long-term repayment options, up to a maximum of 30 years.
- No cost to apply.
- No obligation to take the loan if offered.
What kinds of small businesses can apply?
Examples of eligible industries include but are not limited to the following:
- Restaurants, retailers, manufacturers, sports vendors, owners of rental property, souvenir shops, travel agencies, hotels, recreational facilities, wholesalers, etc.
Need help filling out the application?
Please contact the following Small Business Development Center resource:
Flushing anything other than toilet paper can create expensive problems for homeowners and municipal wastewater facilities. Flushing wipes (even those labeled “flushable”) and other non-toilet paper materials causes clogs, backups, equipment and pipe breakages, and in bad cases, can even force raw sewage back into homes. For municipal facilities, the cost to repair these damages is unfortunately borne by the public.
Properly addressing this issue requires everyone to be extra mindful, especially in the days and weeks ahead, but also beyond the containment of COVID-19. As a reminder, the following products are NOT flushable and must be disposed of in a waste basket:
• Paper towels
• Kleenex and other tissues
• Wet wipes/baby wipes (even those labeled as “flushable”)
• Feminine hygiene products
Thank you for your assistance in keeping our system operating smoothly!
March 19th, 2020 Update
Marshall City Council to Hold Upcoming Council Meetings at MERIT Center to Accommodate Telephone/Electronic Participation by Council Members
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, a deep concern for public health, we are announcing changes to upcoming City Council meetings.
Per Minnesota State Statute 13D.021
Mayor Bob Byrnes has determined that an in-person meeting is not practical or prudent because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health pandemic as declared under chapter 12;
Therefore, the following upcoming meetings have been moved to the MERIT Center, 1001 West Erie Road, to accommodate telephone and electronic participation by Council Members:
Friday, March 20, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. Special Meeting
Tuesday March 24, 2020 at 5:30 PM Regular Meeting
Future City Council Meeting locations will be determined by the City Council at the March 24th City Council meeting.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the public is encouraged to practice social distancing by watching the Council Meetings by accessing the following links:
Online at http://marshallstudio1tv.com/studio1live
Charter 180 / Vast 17
Roku/AppleTV in the Cablecast ScreenWeave app
Please note, the regular Facebook live video will not be technologically feasible for these meetings at this time.
March 18th, 2020 Update
Due to the continued health concerns raised by the COVID-19 virus the Lyon County Law Enforcement Center will be closed to the public effective 03/18/2020 at 4PM. We will continue to monitor the ever-changing health crisis and re-open the law enforcement center to the public as soon as it is safe to do so.
The law enforcement center will continue to be staffed 24 hours a day. Normal law enforcement services and operations will continue to be provided. Citizens are still to call 911 for an emergency. All non-emergency calls can still be directed to 507-537-7666 or 507-537-7000. The lobby of the law enforcement center will remain accessible for those who need a safe place to report an incident.
The Marshall Police Department and Lyon County Sheriff’s Office are encouraging requests for accident reports, public data, and permit applications be directed to Sherri at 507-929-6653, firstname.lastname@example.org , or sent via the US postal service.
On-site jail visiting will be suspended until further notice. Please contact the Lyon County Jail at 507-929-6622 for further information regarding on-line visitation options.
Money can deposited on inmate accounts by visiting www.inmatecanteen.com.
I would like to apologize for any inconvenience that that this may cause, and we thank you for your understanding. I feel that these precautions are necessary to ensure the safety of our law enforcement staff and allow for the continued service to our community. For more information about COVID-19 and how to prevent the spread of the virus, please visit www.cdc.gov or www.health.state.mn.us.
Further updates will be posted to our website https://www.lyonco.org and Facebook page (Lyon County MN Sheriff’s Office) as they become available.
March 17th, 2020 Update
LOCAL DECLARATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY
Whereas, the City of Marshall, Minnesota, has a current local public health emergency resulting from imminent health conditions caused by presence of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19); and
Whereas, the City of Marshall is a public entity within the State of Minnesota; and
Whereas, the Center for Disease Control identifies the potential public health threat posed by COVID-19, and has advised that person-to-person spread of COVID-19 will continue to occur; and
Whereas, the State of Minnesota has confirmed multiple positive test results for COVID-19; and
Whereas, the United States and the State of Minnesota have both declared states of emergencies related to urgent conditions created by the presence of COVID-19; and
Whereas, the necessary resources to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic may exceed the resources available in the City of Marshall; and
Whereas, the following conditions exist in the City of Marshall as a result of this local public health emergency:
- COVID-19 is present in the State of Minnesota and includes greater Minnesota
- Significant community spread of COVID-19 is now a very high risk based on data from the Minnesota Department of Health and federal health authorities. This risk has resulted in specific recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health regarding sizes and formats of public gatherings.
- The presence of COVID-19 may have the potential to compromise the provision of essential City services, including a reduction in the size of the workforce due to school closures, isolation, or quarantine.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Marshall, acting on behalf of and for the City of Marshall, declares that a state of emergency exists within the City of Marshall, with all the powers and responsibilities attending thereto as providing by Chapter 12, Minnesota Statutes and the emergency executive authority section of the Marshall Emergency Operations Plan, and all other applicable sections of the Plan, is immediately invoked.
City of Marshall, MN
Mayoral Directive Related the Local Declaration of Emergency-COVID-19
Direct the updating of the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) plan to include the Pandemic Disease Continuity Plan and formally activate the EOP.
Authorization the purchase of needed supplies and items to continue to effectively operate City services.
Authorize the City Administrator to amend personal policies, hire temporary employees, adjust work schedules, shift position responsibilities and implement administrative leave as necessary.
Authorize the City Administrator to close city facilities and restrict public access as necessary.
Authorize the establishment of a volunteer coordination effort directing designated staff to inventory city community and business needs.
Direct Finance to track financial revenue and expenses related to this event for potential state and federal assistance.
The Mayor may add or rescind to this Directive as needed.
We will be evaluating the situation as it evolves and will update the community as we are able.
City of Marshall Announces Changes to City Operations Due To COVID-19
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, a deep concern for employee and public health and the closure of schools across the state, we are announcing changes to City of Marshall operations:
The City of Marshall will continue business as usual, but has begun preparation for adjustments to City operations.
- All City Hall offices at SMSU are operational, however the City is encouraging visitors to call or email where staff can assist or refer you to on-line services. In-person visitors are discouraged at this time.
-Marshall Municipal Utilities (MMU) office will remain open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for customers who need to access a Customer Service Representative if necessary. MMU encourages customers to make payment online using a VISA or Mastercard credit or debit card by visiting http://www.marshallutilities.com. To make payment over the phone using a credit or debit card, customers may call 866-238-4097. MMU also provides a drop box in the front of the building and a drive-up window for customers wishing to make payment using cash, check or money order. To the extent possible, MMU also encourages their customers to conduct any other business over the phone by calling 507-537-7005 or by emailing email@example.com.
-Marshall-Lyon County Library remains open its regular hours; many events have been canceled or curtailed so check the Library’s event calendar at www.marshalllyonlibrary.org. As of now, the Friends of the Library booksale scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday will go on as planned.
-All Community Services Recreation & Community Education programs have been suspended until further notice; contact is being made to all registrants.
-The Adult Community Center is closed until further notice, at this time Meals on Wheels are still available by calling (507) 537-6124.
-Southwest Adult Basic Education (ABE) office and classes will be closed through March 27th.
-Red Baron Arena and Expo Center is closed until further notice, contact is being made to future renters and users of the facility.
-Tall Grass Liquor Store at this time remains open and will continue to evaluate guidelines and recommendations as they are issued.
-The City of Marshall remains committed to providing the community with the services they expect and need. That includes services from the Marshall Police Department, Marshall Fire Department, Public Works and Utilities, and all other staff who are ready to assist you remotely.
We will be evaluating the situation as it evolves and will update the community as we are able.
March 16th, 2020 Update
As news of COVID-19 progresses rapidly across the country and in Minnesota, the City of Marshall has been working collaboratively to monitor the quickly changing situation.
The City places a high value on providing quality services to the public, but as the pandemic continues we have decided to make operational changes.
TEMPORARY FACILITY CLOSURE
Adult Community Center
This facility will be closed to the public effective Tuesday, March 17th at 9:00am until further notice.
All regularly scheduled activities and events, as well as in-house Senior Dining will not be provided.
At this time, Meals on Wheels will still be available Monday thru Friday, by contacting (507) 537-6124.
We understand these actions will cause inconvenience, but we believe these changes are in the best interest of the Marshall community, based on the current information available to us. We will continue to evaluate and determine if further changes are necessary.
March 15th, 2020 Update
Today, Governor Tim Walz announced Emergency Executive Order 20-02 which will close all schools statewide from Wednesday, March 18th through Friday, March 27th. The Closure Period is meant to provide time for schools to adequately plan for continuity of education during the COVID-19 pandemic for the purpose of preserving the health, safety, and lives of Minnesota's students, educators, and the broader public. Further updates will be shared here as they become available.
March 14th, 2020 Update
The Minnesota Department of Health recently released general information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in multiple languages and we feel this is a vital resource for everybody in our community.
March 13th, 2020 Update
Today Governor Tim Walz announced an Emergency Executive Order 20-01 Declaring a Peacetime Emergency and Coordinating Minnesota's Strategy to Protect Minnesotans from COVID-19.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
The best way to prevent this infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
As of today, there are no cases in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood or Rock Counties.
Public Health has been working diligently over the past several weeks with community partners including: hospitals and clinics, emergency managers and law enforcement, schools, counties and cities, businesses, faith-based organizations, etc. We’ve been working as a collective community to be prepared for this emergency.
The Minnesota Department of Health has recommendations for:
- Individuals and Families
- Schools and Child Care
- Community and Faith-Based Organizations
- Health Care Settings and Health Care Providers
These recommendations include those who have underlying medical conditions. (attached)
The latest information can be found at these reliable sources:
Minnesota Department of Health hotline 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903. The hotline is open 7am-7pm Monday - Sunday
For further local information, please call or e-mail the following:
Lauren Mellenthin 507-537-4075 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Orren 507-532-1317 email@example.com
Carol Biren 507-532-4136 firstname.lastname@example.org
March 12th, 2020 Update
View a video update with Mayor Bob Byrnes and Dr. Steven Meister here.
Avera Requests Use of Call Center for Patient Calls Concerning COVID-19
SIOUX FALLS (March 12, 2020) – People who utilize Avera facilities for their health care who feel they may have been exposed to COVID-19 (coronavirus) or who are displaying symptoms are asked to call 1-877-AT-AVERA (1-877-282-8372), or contact their clinic.
The toll-free number is Avera’s Medical Call Center that is staffed 24/7 by registered nurses. At this number, people will talk to qualified staff who will discuss their concerns and symptoms and determine if that patient needs to be seen by a provider.
It’s important to call 1-877-AT-AVERA, or your clinic number, first rather than going directly to your local clinic in order to protect other patients and staff.
Avera has set up processes for testing that will limit exposure. We are working with the state Department of Health which is the entity that determines which patients are tested. If you have symptoms or are concerned about exposure, please call the 1-877-AT-AVERA number first and the medical team will direct you. We understand some individuals may want to report to their local clinic, but we are asking that you call before arriving at any Avera facilities in an effort to protect patients and staff.
The test is only available to individuals who have been screened by a provider and referred for the test. About 80% of patients who have COVID-19 can be treated at home. The rate of patients who experience serious complications is only slightly higher than that of seasonal flu.
At this time, Avera is not recommending visitors at our long-term care centers as those individuals in long-term care are at high-risk of COVID-19. Consult with your local facility for patients who are in hospice or end-of-life care.
Starting within the next week, Avera hospitals and clinics will allow only one visitor at a time per patient, and that visitor cannot have been exposed to COVID-19, have influenza, or flu-like symptoms, which are similar to COVID-19 symptoms.
Typical symptoms of COVID-19 are fever of over 100 degrees, cough and shortness of breath. Anyone who is experiencing difficulty breathing or an extremely high temperature should call1-877-AT-AVERA.
Here’s how you can protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- If you are sick, limit close contact with others as much as possible.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avera also encourages social distancing by avoiding crowds and limiting physical contact, i.e., shaking hands or hugging.
For additional information on COVID-19, please go to www.avera.org/COVID-19