As of March 25th, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has reported a total of 287 positive lab tests for COVID-19. Mower County currently has a total of six cases. Mower County Administrator Trish Harren reported in a news release Wednesday that all cases have been interviewed by the MDH and they have made contact with all individuals who may be at risk and need to quarantine for 14 days. Not all people who present with symptoms will be tested. Due to this, Harren stated that it is safe to assume there are more cases out there. Mower County Health and Human Services is working closely with MDH to assure the public gets the most accurate and current information.
Helping prevent the spread of coronavirus may sound complicated, but Harren said in the release it doesn’t have to be. She stated that everyone can take a few key actions, including your hands often using soap and water and staying home if you are sick. If you have to cough, cover your mouth with your arm or elbow. Also, follow the advice of qualified health care professionals.
On Sunday, March 22, Mower County opened its Emergency Operations Center to centralize the county’s planning and response to the pandemic. Mower County buildings continue to be closed to the public and Harren stated that the county is delivering as many services as they can by phone and electronically. They appreciate the Public’s continued support and understanding, and Harren stated that this is a fluid time. The will continue to provide updates as they become available. For a listing of service modifications and department contact numbers, please view the county’s website