First COVID-19 case for Koochiching County

Press Release

Koochiching County, Minn. has received notification of our first positive case of Covid-19 in the County. MDH is identifying and contacting anyone that has been in close contact with the positive case. Due to patient privacy laws, Koochiching County will not be releasing where the individual resides in the county.
“Public Health and Emergency Management are working together with our local, state, and federal partners to respond to this outbreak. We have a strong team and are doing everything we can to help keep the residents of Koochiching County safe and healthy”. Said Derek Foss, Koochiching County Public Health Supervisor.
Koochiching County Board Chair Kevin Adee expressed his appreciation to the Emergency Management Team for their efforts preparing Koochiching County and its residents for the COVID – 19 pandemic. He would also like to thank the entire community for their understanding and patience as we work together to deal with this situation the best that we can to keep our residents safe and healthy. By cooperating with local, state and national agencies we will be able to monitor the outbreak. By working together, we will overcome this pandemic and Koochiching County will remain a safe place to live and work.
In most cases Covid-19 causes mild to moderate symptoms. These include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. For certain individuals, especially those who are older and have underlying health problems, there can be severe complications. Symptoms of Covid-19 can last about 2 weeks for those with mild illness and up to 6 weeks for those with more severe illness. It is recommended that households have a plan in place to be prepared if someone from their household gets sick.
Please follow the recommendations of the CDC and MDH to protect yourself in this uncertain time.
Accurate and reliable information can be found at:
CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
MDH: www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html