Polk County Public Health has been notified by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) of 3 lab-confirmed cases in Polk County. One case has fully recovered and is no longer in isolation. Two individuals, one in their 30’s and one in their 40’s, have no travel history, have not been hospitalized and are believed to have contracted the virus through community transmission. The individuals are isolated at their homes and being monitored by MDH. It is not known by Polk County Public Health if the two individuals have a connection to LM Wind Power.

“Based on calls I have received from Polk County residents over the weekend, I expect the number of lab-confirmed cases in Polk County to jump up throughout the week. I appreciate the public’s patience as the Minnesota Department of Health conducts thorough investigations of each case and coordinates essential service needs with our department. It’s important to remember that not all cases of COVID-19 are tested, so it not representative of the total number of people in Polk County who have or had COVID-19. Totals reflect only the results from laboratory testing. All data are preliminary and may change as cases are investigated. We will not release the location for any patient in order to protect patient privacy. We need to assume there are cases in every community and we all need to take precautions.” said Sarah Reese, Polk County Public Health Director.

As COVID-19 continues to spread in our communities, it is important to follow the Governor’s Stay at Home order- leaving only when absolutely necessary, maintaining social distancing of 6 feet apart and wearing a cloth face mask in public (especially if social distancing can’t be maintained). Staying home, hand washing often with soap and water for 20 seconds, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, covering your cough and sneezes, and cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces are important actions to help slow the spread of the virus.

“Moving forward, we don’t intend to do a press release for each Polk County lab-confirmed case. We will provide future press releases when we are notified that there are a significant number of positive cases in a day, a clustered outbreak, or when we have our first hospitalized individual,” said Reese.

Visit the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites for more COVID-19 information.