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Public Health Emergencies

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A public health emergency is anything that causes, or could cause injuries or illness to a large number of people. Public health emergencies include the following:

  • Infectious disease outbreaks/pandemics
  • Health-endangering effects of severe weather, natural disasters and  power outages
  • Incidents resulting in mass casualties
  • Toxic chemical or radiological releases
  • Acts of bioterrorism.

Please use the following guidelines to determine how to respond:

  • If this is an emergency, call 9-1-1. 
  • To report a natural or manmade emergency that may have public health consequences for the community, call Carver County Dispatch at 952-361-1231.
  • For a poisoning emergency, call the Minnesota Poison Control System at 1-800-222-1222.

For other health concerns, please use the following guidelines:

  • If you are ill, call your healthcare provider.
  • If you think you are ill from eating food in a public setting, call the Minnesota Foodborne Illness Hotline at 651-201-5655 or 1-800-FOOD ILL (toll free).
  • If you have had physical contact with a bat, call your healthcare provider.  If you find a bat in your home, capture it.  Wait until regular business hours to call the Minnesota Department of Health at 651-201-5414 for advice.
  • If you are a physician with an infectious disease issue, call the Minnesota Department of Health at 651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414, anytime.  After hours, you will be able to leave a message and the on-call staff will return your call.

Public Health will provide public information during a local health emergency, through the County website, the ReadyCarver.org or ListoCarver.org websites, and/or through the local media.

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For persons with limited English speaking ability, information is available through ECHO (Emergency Community Health Outreach) at 651-224-3344 or at echominnesota.org.

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If you have a non-emergency question about any type of a public health emergency, call Carver County Public Health at (952) 361-1329 during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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