COVID-19 Information and Updates
This page is being continually updated as new information becomes available. We will share local, state and national information as it relates to our community.
- If you have additional questions about COVID-19 in Minnesota, contact the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) hotline at 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- The Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota Department of Human Services hotline is able to address community mitigation questions related to school, childcare or business concerns. Call 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has released updated guidance for close contact with a person positive with COVID-19. This new guidance allows for students who have experienced close contact with the ability for an earlier return date to school if they meet certain criteria.
These shortened quarantine requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis after the student has quarantined for the full 10 days.
CDC COVID-19 Guidelines for Staying Healthy
Know how it spreads
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Droplets are produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. Some recent studies have suggested COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
Clean your hands often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
Limit contact with others as much as possible. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and others. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Wear a cloth face covering
Everyone should wear a cloth face covering in public settings and when around people not living in their household, especially when social distancing is difficult to maintain. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Continue to keep about six feet between you and other people in case you are infected.
Cover coughs and sneezes
Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them; then use a household disinfectant.
Information and images from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. PDF of information.