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Posted on: March 11, 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information

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What is Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)? 

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that was first detected in China on December 31, 2019, and has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States.  While many cases may be mild to moderate with symptoms similar to colds and flu, some cases may be more severe. The risk of severe illness seems to be higher for older people and those with underlying health conditions.

How to Prevent COVID-19:

There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

Current Updates on COVID-19

Here is an update on the COVID-19 pandemic as it pertains to Minnesota as of 6:00 PM on 3/19/2020.

Association of Minnesota Counties COVID-19 Information Update as of 3:30 p.m. 3/20/2020. 

No Cost COVID-19 Testing for Minnesotans Enrolled through MNsure

All four medical insurance companies that sell private health insurance plans on MNsure are waiving co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles related to Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) diagnostic testing. Minnesotans who are enrolled in those plans will have no costs associated with medically directed testing in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control guidance.

MNsure encourages consumers to contact their insurance company directly for questions about plan benefit details and how best to access care.

Minnesotans with questions about COVID-19 should refer to the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control for the most current information on the status of the virus in Minnesota and recommendations for preparedness planning.

Questions about the Coronavirus COVID-19? 

Call the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-3920. 

Please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 website at or the MDH COVID-19 website at for additional information. Thank you.

Additional Information

Visit the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) webpage on the Mille Lacs County website for additional information and resources. 

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) defines Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers during COVID-19. Read more here.

Visit Minnesota Department of Natural Rescources for their COVID-19 Response: What you need to know. 

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