Case numbers by county are reported by MDH each day at 11 a.m. based on cases confirmed by 4 p.m. the previous day.

(Case numbers by county are reported by MDH each day at 11 a.m. based on cases confirmed by 4 p.m. the previous day.)

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) notified Brown County Public Health that Brown County has an additional five cases of laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19. These cases are in addition to the previously reported two cases.

On April 6, MDH reported three cases: two of the cases are in their 50s, one is recovering at home, and the other is hospitalized. These two cases are identified as community transmission. The third case is in their 80s and is recovering at home, with no information regarding transmission.

On April 7 MDH reported two more cases: one individual is in their 60s and was hospitalized but is now recovering at home, with no information regarding transmission. The other individual is in their 50s, is recovering at home, and was in contact with a known laboratory confirmed COVID-19 person.

No new cases were reported on April 8.

MDH will not release specific locations for any patients being tested in order to protect patient privacy.

Minnesota Department of Health staff is conducting the case investigations. Positive cases are isolated at home to prevent the spread of disease and the contact investigation identifies their close contacts. Close contacts are notified by MDH and are quarantined for 14 days from their exposure and monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.

COVID-19 is circulating in our communities and in many communities across Minnesota. The cases confirmed through laboratory testing are a small sample of the true number of cases. Brown County will continue to see additional cases in the days and weeks to come. It is important to practice protective recommendations which include:

•Wash your hands frequently

•Stay home if you are sick

•Cover your coughs and sneezes

•Practice social distancing of at least six feet or greater

•Limit movement in the public to only essential needs

•Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands

•Wear a mask if in the general public

If you develop symptoms such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath and are able to manage your symptoms at home, it is recommended to stay home and manage those symptoms. If you are in need of medical advice, please consider a virtual visit or phone call to your provider prior to reporting to the medical facility.

MDH has set up a public hotline, 651-201-3920, that is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Additional information regarding COVID-19 can be found on the CDC and MDH websites:

https://www.cdc.gove/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

http://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html