Seven additional cases, one new death from COVID-19 reported in Winona County

WINONA COUNTY, Minn. (WKBT)– One more person has died from COVID-19 in Winona County, bringing the total to 19 since the start of the pandemic. The Winona County Health and Human Services did not say how old the person was or provide further details. Seven more people tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday.

The health department stresses the importance of following social distancing and guidelines for being near other people. Everyone can work to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear masks when in public. 10-50% of virus carriers are asymptomatic, wearing masks helps control the virus and has been shown to lower COVID-19 spread.
  • Avoid enclosed spaces with groups of people, where the virus can linger in the air for long periods.
  • Get tested if you have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay six feet away from others.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow, sleeve or a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands afterward.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose, and mouth – with unwashed hands.

All individuals asked to isolate or quarantine are required to complete full timeframe of their isolation or quarantine.

If you had close contact with a person who has COVID-19, you need to stay home until 14 days after your last contact. It is recommended that you get tested 5 to 7 days after you were last exposure to the individual who tested positive.

If you test negative during the 14-day quarantine, you are still required to complete the full 14 days of your quarantine. If you do not develop signs or symptoms, you are still required to complete the full 14 days of your quarantine.

During your quarantine, you should check your temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19. You should also stay away from people who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.

If you are sick and think or know you have COVID-19, stay home until after:

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms have improved
  • All three criteria need to be met in order to be released from isolation.

If you tested positive for COVID-19 but do not have symptoms, stay home until after:

  • 10 days have passed since your last positive test.
  • If you develop symptoms within your 10-day isolation, you are required to remain in isolation until the above “If you are sick and think or know you have COVID-19” criteria is met.