COVID-19 Minnesota Department of Health Hotlines
Health questions (Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat-Sun: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.): (651) 201-3920 or (800) 657-3903
School and child care questions (Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat-Sun: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.): (651) 297-1304 or (800) 657-3504
Carver County Help Line: (952) 361-1559
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Call for help or resources needed due to COVID-19
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- Carver County has launched a Help Line to help community members find resources and other support during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please call us with your questions!
- Health Questions about COVID-19 (symptoms, transmission, etc.):
- School and Childcare Questions:
- Report Bias and Discrimination:
- (833) 454-0148
- Monday–Friday, 8:00 am–4:30 pm
- (833) 454-0148
March 20: Physical Access Limited, Access to Justice Maintained (from MN District Courts)
How COVID-19 Spreads
- Most often, person-to-person spread is thought to happen among people in close contact (about 6 feet) with each other.
- Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- How easily a virus spreads person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.
- It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
- Typically, with most respiratory viruses, people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (sickest).
What to do to Prevent the Spread of Respiratory Viruses
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Symptoms usually appear about five days after a person is exposed to COVID-19, but can appear 2-14 days after exposure. According to the CDC, patients with confirmed COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Chills/Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Some patients have had other symptoms including muscle aches, headache, sore throat or diarrhea. Other illnesses - such as influenza and the common cold - and allergies can have similar symptoms. Check out the COVID-19 Symptoms Graphic to learn more.
Carver County has consolidated a variety of local, state and federal resources for local businesses and partners, related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resources are available in the Carver County community to help residents find access to food, transportation, childcare and more.
The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for many people. It’s important to remember that everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Fear and anxiety about a disease can cause strong emotions in both adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Please use the resources below to help support your mental wellbeing, and your family's, during this challenging time.
- If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, call:
- NAMI has created a new fact sheet - Focus on Your Mental Health - outlining what you can do to promote good mental health during this time.
- Parenting in the time of COVID-19 can be stressful. These one-page tip sheets can help families have more positive interactions as they face long periods of time isolated at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Parent & Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19 offers tips and resources to help families prepare for and cope with disease outbreaks. It includes recommendations for actions parents/caregivers can take to support their children during an outbreak.
- Visit these sites for additional resources on how to talk to your children about COVID-19:
- After a Crisis: How Young Children Heal
- Helping Children Cope
- Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19
- How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus
- Supporting Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis
- Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus Crisis
- Talking with Children about Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Carver County Public Health Posters (including COVID-19)
- Minnesota Department of Health Print Resources (Video PSAs, print materials, and translated documents)
- CDC Print Resources (Fact Sheets, Posters, in multiple languages)
- Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota (pdf)
- Carver County Stay At Home Challenge
- Infographic on Social Distancing in Parks and Trails (from National Recreation and Park Association, scroll down)
- Stay at Home MN