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Posted on: March 2, 2020

Coronavirus Information

Novel Coronavirus

What is it? 

The virus known as 2019-nCoV or Covid-19 is a new “novel” respiratory virus. It was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The virus is considered “novel” it is a virus that has not been previously identified among humans. This virus has spread to several countries including the United States.

Where can I get more information on Covid-19?

Minnesota Department of Health

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

How to protect myself against a virus?

Tips to follow to protect yourself from viruses:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not available use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes
  • Avoid close contact with sick individuals
  • Stay home when you are sick

 What is Koochiching County Public Health’s Role?

Currently, our role is to ensure the public is aware of where to find accurate information regarding the outbreak, risks, signs and symptoms to watch for, and how to protect yourself and your family. We are reviewing information as it comes from the Minnesota Department of Health and Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  To aide in this endeavor we now have a Facebook page where we are posting information and links.  Please go to  or use the link below.  You will be required to log to Facebook.

Link to Kooch Co Public Health Facebook Page
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