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Breaking News – COVID-19 cases at Seneca – Click here for details

By Staff | Jun 30, 2020

COVID-19 Case Cluster in Faribault County

County health officials from Community Health and Human Services of Faribault & Martin Counties are working closely with Seneca Foods, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), United Hospital District (UHD) and Faribault County Emergency Management to respond to a cluster of COVID-19 cases at Seneca Foods.

“We are taking a united approach to this response by identifying people who are ill as quickly as possible and ensuring that people get the medical care they need. Seneca Foods has been designated as a critical local infrastructure and has been a great asset to the community for many years. They have proactively implemented comprehensive screening and safety measures to minimize the spread of this illness,” a press release states.

Community Health staff at Human Services continue to operate a 24/7 message service for anyone needing assistance with obtaining essential services, such as groceries or supplies. This service is available to help individuals safely isolate and quarantine as they recover from COVID-19. The message service number is 507-238-8434.

Community Health staff’s top priority is the health and safety of the workers, their families and the community. They add it is important that everyone in the community continue to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This means:

1. Social distancing – Staying at least 6 feet from other people when you go out

2. Avoid crowded spaces and when possible, take advantage of outdoor activities

3. Wear a facemask when you are unable to social distance

4. Washing your hands often with soap and water and using alcohol-based hand sanitizers

5. Covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue.

These are simple public health interventions that we know are effective and can make a difference in how quickly this virus spreads and they are the best ways to slow the spread of disease and protect those most vulnerable in our community. While COVID-19 can be mild for most people, those who are older or have underlying medical conditions can be a higher risk for severe disease. Most people all know someone who is at higher risk-a family member, neighbor, coworker-so all have to work together to protect them.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, body aches, sore throat or shortness of breath, stay home. Call your local health care provider before going to the clinic or a hospital. United Hospital District (UHD) of Blue Earth may be reached at (507) 526-3273. They will give you information on what to do.

Community Health & Human Services of Faribault & Martin Counties provides daily COVID-19 updates on their Facebook page. Statewide COVID-19 information can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health website (www.health.state.mn.us).