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Today, the Minnesota Department of Public Health confirmed two more positive cases in Fillmore County, bringing the total of positive COVID-19 cases to 50.

Yesterday, Fillmore County Public Health released a statement on the increase of cases in Fillmore County. According to the release from Fillmore County Public Health from July 9th to July 21, the Minnesota Department of Health noted that Fillmore County had 19 cases, which is 40% of all identified cases in the county.

The release also noted that after the case investigation, Fillmore County Public Health was able to note that an increase in the number of coronavirus cases are associated with events and mass gatherings.

"Fillmore County Public Health has observed an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases associated with events and mass gatherings. Case investigation conducted over the past two weeks has identified that 14 of the 19 cases live within the 55961, 55975, and 55990 zip code areas. Twelve of the cases remain in isolation."

Fillmore County Public Health also noticed that they are working with cases to identify the people they have been within six feet for more than fifteen minutes.

"People who meet this definition are considered contacts. Contacts are provided with education and asked to quarantine or stay home for 14 days after the last time they were exposed to a person with COVID-19. Based upon contact tracing of the 14 cases, 86 contacts were identified and are currently in quarantine. All 86 people have the potential of becoming ill with COVID-19."

Routine reporting of COVID-19 cases is available by gender and age on the Fillmore County website.

Fillmore County Public Health encourages all residents to:

  • Stay at least six feet away from other people while in public places
  • Minimize attendance at large gatherings and events like parties, sporting events, festivals, etc.
  • Wear masks that cover both your nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms or have been around someone who has tested positive for COVID-19