Total confirmed positive cases in Winona County now at 10

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WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) – Winona County Health & Human Services is reporting five more positive cases of COVID-19 bringing the total in Winona County to 10.

The five new cases range in age from 20 to 98 years old. No other information on the individuals will be released in order to protect their privacy.

These patients are in isolation and recovering.  Winona County Health and Human Services is working with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and health care partners to address the needs of these patients and provide guidance to others who may have contact with them. If an individual of the public has been in direct contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 they will be contacted by someone from the MDH.

Minnesota has tested approximately 19,780 individuals, with 629 testing positive and 12 deaths. 288 positive testing patients are no longer required to be isolated.

Winona Demographics

Testing supplies for COVID-19 are in short supply and therefore only certain populations can receive testing when they have symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These targeted populations are healthcare workers, family members of healthcare workers, people that require hospitalization, and people that live or work in congregate settings such as nursing homes. If you do develop these symptoms and do not qualify for testing please contact your primary care clinic or hospital for information about self-quarantine.

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is spread primarily by respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to influenza. It can also spread when people touch surfaces that have been contaminated by an infected person and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth.

Winona County Health & Human Services would like to stress again the importance of continuing to do the things that can limit the spread of the coronavirus:

• Stay home and away from others if you are sick
• Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or tissue
• Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds with soap and water
• Avoid touching your face.

More information about coronavirus is available on the website www.health.state.mn.us. The MDH public hotline at 1-800-657-3903 is open from 7 AM to 7 PM.

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