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Posted on: May 7, 2020

[ARCHIVED] PRESS RELEASE: Carlton County COVID-19 update 5/7/20

Carlton County COVID-19 update 5/7/20

General Updates:

For updated case counts around the state, please continue to reference the situation map, updated by MDH daily at 11am here. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) continues to do the main investigation of each case, and Carlton County Public Health staff will follow-up when needed.

Statewide, of the 9,365 lab-confirmed cases on MDH’s website, 435 are currently hospitalized and 5,308 no longer need isolation. The Moose Lake Correctional Facility has reported 35 lab-confirmed cases in inmates, and list 31 presumed positive (these fall within the 62 total in Carlton County), 37 of which no longer require isolation (MN Department of Corrections website).

CDC: Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes is intended for all Americans, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home. Reopening America requires all of us to move forward together by practicing social distancing and other daily habits to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.

The Minnesota Department of Health put together a “Visitor and Employee Health Screening Checklist” for employers to use, if interested. Check it out here!

Crisis Text Line is the free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the United States. The service is powered by volunteer Crisis Counselors who work remotely—anywhere with a computer and secure internet connection works. Crisis Counselors answer texts from people in crisis, bringing them from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening, collaborative problem solving, and safety planning. For more information on becoming a volunteer Crisis Counselor visit this webpage

Reduce stress and feel your best with a new online class through Juniper, called Social Connect! The 45 minute facilitated sessions (2x/week for 3 weeks) start with gentle movement, followed by tips on reducing stress and keeping a positive outlook – very important in a world where fear and isolation may be weighing on you. Find the Social Connect class, and other offerings here!

Additional Health Recommendations:

On Tuesday, May 5th, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-51, providing a roadmap for safely restarting elective surgeries and procedures in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, and clinics. After May 10 at 11:59 p.m., doctors, dentists, and veterinarians who create a plan to maintain a safe environment for facility staff, patients, and visitors may begin offering currently-delayed procedures. These surgeries can treat chronic conditions, prevent and cure disease, and relieve chronic pain.

Looking for a quick 2-minute ‘story’ for your child about social distancing? Watch “Time to Come in, Bear: A Children’s Story about Social Distancing” here (YouTube)!

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) put together a webpage titled “Coronavirus: Building Mental Health Resilience”. These tools and habits are going to be critical for community members to develop now in order to carry everyone through the ‘long haul’ of the pandemic and beyond. Check it out here!

“Fast-Tracker” is a website created to be your link to Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Resources in Minnesota. Check it out here!

The Northland Children’s Mental Health Collaborative provides a resource tool for communities and surrounding communities of Duluth and Superior to access resources, information and service providers. Check it out here!

Mental Well-being Tip of the Day:

Cultivate healthy thoughts: Resist the desire to consume too much media. Spending too much time on these can increase anxiety. Instead choose to limit your exposure to only certain reliable sources like the CDC, NIH or MDH websites.

Carlton County Public Health and Human Services is continuing to recommend that anyone with general health-related questions about COVID-19 call MDH’s hotline (8am-6pm): 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903.

Carlton County Updates:

Please continue to visit the County webpage for updated details on building/service availability:


Please continue to access the following websites for the most up to date and accurate information:

- Stay At Home Executive Order – MN

- (State) Minnesota Department of Health

- (National) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

- (International) World Health Organization

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