The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has confirmed its first positive case of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in Watonwan County. An individual in their 60s who is currently recovering at home under isolation and has not had recent travel. 

MDH is working with the infected person identifying and contacting all potentially exposed individuals.  The health and safety of our community is our utmost priority. Due to data privacy, we cannot share specific information regarding those who are diagnosed with COVID-19. Watonwan County Health and Human Services will continue to work closely with MDH and our community partners to ensure a coordinated and thorough response in support of all our residents. 

This is an event that Watonwan County Public Health has been expecting, planning for, and are now ready to respond to. Time and time again, Watonwan County has shown their resilience to adversity and challenges by working together and caring for each other during stressful times. With our partners, we will continue to support the community as we respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.   

Public Health urges the community to continue implementing mitigation strategies to slow transmission of the disease using the guidance provided by Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health. To prevent the spread of these and other illnesses, stay home if you are ill, cover your cough, and wash your hands frequently. The goal is to slow the spread of COVID-19 so we do not overwhelm the healthcare system. The stay home Minnesota executive order was put into effect at 11:59P.M. on Friday 3/27/2020. Information about these executive orders can be found here: https://mn.gov/governor/covid-19/ 

Watonwan County Public Health provides updates on the local situation at their Facebook page - search @WatonwanCountyPublicHealth

More information about coronavirus can be found on MDH’s Coronavirus website. MDH has set up a public hotline for health questions that is open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The hotline number is 1-800-657-3903 or 651-201-3920. There is also a hotline set up for schools and childcare questions open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This hotline number is 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504.