COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information


COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS 

Itasca County Public Health COVID vaccination clinics are for anyone ages 18 and up; please do not register if you are younger than 18 as your appointment will be cancelled.  
 
No upcoming clinics.  

If you have questions or would like to inquire about an appointment, please call our COVID Information line at 218-327-6784.

Booster doses are recommended for anyone age 5 and older. 

A 2nd booster is recommended for those who are over age 50, over age 12 with certain immunocompromising conditions, or age 18 or older who received Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for their initial dose and booster dose.

You can find more information on timing and eligibility for booster doses at https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/boosters/index.jsp


The MN Department of Health will no longer be updating the database with individual case level data related to COVID-19. With an increase in at-home tests and less relevance to case rates and numbers, we will no longer be updating our website with this information. https://www.co.itasca.mn.us/798/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Information

Updated community level transmission per county can be accessed here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/community-levels.html 

 Feel free to reach out directly to the COVID message line if there is information you are interested in. The number is 218-327-6784.

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COVID-19 Information Line (218) 327-6784

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19, also known as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The World Health Organization has now declared Coronavirus a pandemic.

The first Covid-19 case in the United States was confirmed in January, and the first case in Minnesota was confirmed March 6. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) provides a daily situation update.


What is Itasca County’s role in this?

Like health officials around the world, Itasca County Public Health continues to closely monitor the situation and review information as it comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). We are also maintaining close communications with cities/townships, school districts and community service providers.

For now, our role is to help educate people by providing accurate information about the risk, signs or symptoms to watch for, and how best to protect yourself and your family.


How is COVID-19 affecting county services?

At this time, all county buildings remain open. Itasca County will continue to follow the recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health on best practices for public spaces.

All county departments have established contingency plans to ensure we continue to provide essential services during these uncertain times.

The county’s work force and service delivery may be impacted by school closures and recommendations for immuno-compromised individuals to isolate themselves.

Anyone coming to any county building is asked to please follow the recommendations to minimize risk of spread. County employees have been advised to do the same.

  • If you’re sick, stay home
  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer
  • Cover coughs and sneezes using a tissue or elbow
  • Avoid touching face and mouth
  • Practice social distancing (Stay 6 feet apart from others )
  • Wear a mask in public spaces
  • Avoid congregating in groups


What can I do to keep myself or my family safe?

  • See all of the bullet points listed in the previous answer, plus:
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces often using a regular household detergent and water. This includes counter tops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles.
  • Additional recommendations from MDH.


Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

Itasca County Public Health now offers an information phone line: 218-327-6784. Our Public Health team will answer and return calls Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

You can also call the Minnesota Helpline Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. That number is 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504.

Have questions about monoclonal antibody treatment?

See the Minnesota Department of Health’s website here for more information about the treatment, benefits, side effects and who is eligible. There is also a link for registering. Some local providers are administering.

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