From Smart Safety Team Coordinator [Janet Zastrow]  The MN Department of Health has issued guidelines: if you’re sick with COVID-19, if you have come in contact with someone who has COVID-19, if you are caring for someone who has COVID-19, and for how long to stay home if you’re sick.  Please refer to the link below for more information:

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How long to stay home if sick

  • If you have COVID-19, stay home until all three of these things are true:
    • You feel better. Your cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better.
      and
    • It has been 10 days since you first felt sick.
      and
    • You have had no fever for at least 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fevers.
  • Talk to your health care provider if you have questions.
  • If a lab test shows you have COVID-19, someone from the health department will give you more information and answer your questions.
  • If a lab test shows you do not have COVID-19 but you have symptoms, stay home until your symptoms are better and you do not have a fever. Symptoms of COVID-19 can be similar to other illnesses. It is important to follow your health care provider’s advice before going back to work, school, or other settings.
    • People who were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 need to stay home for 14 days even if they get a negative test result.
Letter Gov Walz

Everyone can work to reduce the spread of COVID-19

  • Wear masks when in public. 10-50% of virus carriers are asymptomatic wearing masks helps control the virus and has been shown to lower COVID-19 spread.
  • Avoid enclosed spaces with groups of people, where the virus can linger in the air for long periods of time.
  • Get tested if you have cold or flu-like symptoms - Find testing locations.
  • Stay six feet away from others.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or sleeve, or a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose and mouth – with unwashed hands.
  • Up-to-date guidance is available from the Department of Health.

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