Lake County, May 6, 2020 – The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) confirmed Lake County’s first identified case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Wednesday, May 6.
“The appearance of the virus in Lake County has been expected,” said Lake County Emergency Management Director BJ Kohlstedt. “Lake County Emergency Management and Lake County Health and Human Services have been working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health on preparation and mitigation efforts for several months.”
The infected person is an adult resident of Lake County in their 50s. MDH is working to identify and notify all those who may have come in contact with the infected person. Those people will be asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days from their exposure and will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms. No other information about the infected person will be released.
While most cases of COVID-19 have reportedly been mild, these measures are necessary to protect older adults and those with underlying health conditions, like diabetes, lung disease and heart disease, that put them at a greater risk of severe illness.
“News of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Lake County brings with it a new reality for all Lake County residents,” said Rich Sve, Chairman of the Lake County Board of Commissioners. “Understandably, there are many concerns and some angst. In Lake County we have a strong sense of community and public good. Together we will see this through with positive results.”
Chairman Sve also encouraged everyone to follow all of the recommendations to mitigate the risk of spreading this virus to our family, friends and neighbors and front-line essential workers.