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 (https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/action.html). Key items on the list include:
- Event organizers cancelling or postponing gatherings with 250 or more people, including concerts, conferences, professional and amateur performances or sporting events.
- Event organizers cancelling or postponing smaller events (those with less than 250 people) that are held in settings that do not allow social distancing of 6 feet per person.
- Event organizers limiting attendance to no more than 10 people for events where the majority of participants are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- People and families at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness staying at home and avoiding gatherings or other situations of potential exposures, including travel.
- Employers making telework arrangements for workers whose duties can be done remotely.
- Employers staggering work schedules and limiting non-essential work travel.
- Health care facilities and assisted-living facilities more strictly limiting visitors.
- Faith-based organizations offering video or audio events.
- Hospitals and other health care facilities implementing triage before entering facilities (for example, parking lot triage, phone triage, and telemedicine to limit unnecessary visits).
According to Public Health Director, Jody Lien, “It is crucial that the public follows the guidance on limiting social gatherings and outings and allows for social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. Our hospitals and clinics need the public to do this, especially for our elderly and those with underlying health conditions.”
Otter Tail County Public Health asks that everyone participate in these preventive actions:
- Wash your hands
- Cover your cough
- Stay home if you are sick
- Regularly clean high traffic areas
- Follow guidelines for social distancing
Otter Tail County Public Health will continue to keep the public updated. Please visit the CDC and MDH websites to answer your questions and stay informed.
Shannon Terry, Public Information Officer
Office 218-998-8058 | Mobile 218-671-3445