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Do Not Delay Necessary Medical Care Over Fear Of COVID-19

April 28, 2020

Otter Tail County Public Health, along with local healthcare partners, are encouraging the public not to delay necessary medical care over fear of COVID-19. Delaying medical care may cause mild health issues to become more severe illness. By not addressing your health care needs now, it could cause an undue visit to the emergency room […]

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County-Wide Covid-19 Medical Response Planning

April 6, 2020

On Sunday, Otter Tail County received notice of its second confirmed positive case of COVID-19. Not all cases of COVID-19 are tested, so it is not representative of the total number of people in Otter Tail County who have or had COVID-19. Given the anticipated surge of COVID-19 cases, Otter Tail County Commissioners met with […]

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Health Officials Confirm First Case of COVID-19 in Otter Tail County

March 29, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has notified Otter Tail County of its first lab confirmed case of novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The adult patient was tested and is now in isolation at home and is being monitored by the Minnesota Department of Health. The patient did have recent international travel. “While our first confirmed case […]

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Be Aware of COVID-19 Scam Calls

March 23, 2020

BE AWARE OF COVID-19 SCAMS: There have been a number of warnings about scams related to COVID-19. MN Department of Human Services does NOT direct call people. SNAP and MA benefits are not ending. Hang up on Robocalls.  If you are unable to decipher if the call is a scam or not, call the Otter […]

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County Declares State of Emergency Due to COVID-19

March 17, 2020

The board of commissioners met March 17 and proactively took measures to address the spread of COVID 19. The commissioners passed a resolution declaring a state of emergency in Otter Tail County. Otter Tail County is among ten other counties in the state to do so thus far. Jody Lien, Public Health Director, addressed the […]

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Otter Tail County Public Health Emphasizes Following MDH Guidance for COVID-19

March 15, 2020

March 15, 2020 –Otter Tail County, MN–To protect the public’s health and slow the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), Otter Tail County Public Health is strongly recommending the public follow MDH guidelines and strategies. The full set of recommendations is available on the MDH Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) website ( Key items on the list include: Event […]

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County Buildings Remain Closed to the Public-Will Reopen in Phases

May 18, 2020

The Stay at Home Executive Order issued by the state has ended and many businesses are reopening their doors with modifications. In adhering to the Stay Safe Minnesota state guidance Otter Tail County will be reopened in phases and the buildings will remain locked during this time. The main objective of the phased plan is […]

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Thank a Licensed Family Child Care Provider Today!

May 5, 2020

This year, on May 8 we celebrate Licensed Family Child Care Provider Day to honor childcare providers for the extraordinary work they do. This special day is intended to recognize all those who nurture, teach, and care for children in multiple settings across the county. Childcare settings include school and community-based preschools, Head Start programs, […]

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Otter Tail County Shares Disaster Support Resources

April 28, 2020

Otter Tail County understands the impact and burden of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses, non-profits, the public sector, and individuals. The economic impact is widespread and touches every facet of daily life. Rural counties and those with large seasonal populations, where many businesses must earn their annual income in 3-4 months, are suffering from the […]

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Otter Tail County Household Hazardous Waste May Mobile Collections Postponed

April 21, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Otter Tail County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Mobile Collections for May have been rescheduled in August. A revised Mobile Collection Calendar that includes dates for surrounding areas will be released soon. While this is the current schedule, it may be subject to additional changes. Please continue to watch for […]

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