Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that was first detected in December 2019, and has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States.  While many cases may be mild to moderate with symptoms similar to colds and flu, some cases may be more severe. The risk of severe illness seems to be higher for older people and those with underlying health conditions.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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.

In an effort to help you find resources faster, we have included a number of different ones from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) below.

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health will provide the most up-to-date information on specific numbers and spread of this disease.

What you need to know about Coronavirus disease 2019 (PDF)

For more information about COVID-19:

Basic information on how to prevent the spread of COVID - 19

  1. Minnesota COVID-19 Model (PDF)
  2. Symptoms of COVID-19 (PDF)
  3. Stay Home if You’re Sick (PDF)
  4. Cover your Cough (PDF)
  5. Stop the Spread of Germs (PDF)
  6. Germ-Buster Wash Hands (PDF)
  7. How To Use Waterless Hand Sanitizer (PDF)
  8. Don’t spread germs-work employers (PDF)
  9. The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 15 Days to Slow the Spread (PDF)
  10. Community Mitigation: Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota (PDF)

Community Mitigation

State of Minnesota: Executive Orders regarding COVID-19

View all Executive Orders online at the Office of Governor Tim Walz & Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan’s website.

Small Business Resources

  1. Mille Lacs County Economic Relief Grant Now Available

    The Mille Lacs County Economic Relief Grant program is now accepting applications from small businesses and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of the Mille Lacs County COVID-19 Economic... Read on...
  2. Community & Veterans Services: Phone Appointments during COVID-19

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, Community and Veterans Services is open for phone appointments. Please call 320-983-8208 to schedule.
  3. DNR Confiscated Hunting & Fishing Equipment Auctions

    The DNR will be holding two confiscated equipment auctions this fall. Due to COVID-19 concerns, both auctions will be held online at The auctions are scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2020, and October 24, 2020. Read on...
  4. Equipment Grants Available for Access to Healthy Foods

    Funding for equipment that increases availability and access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food to underserved communities is now available... Read on...
  5. Mille Lacs County COVID-19 Dashboard

    View the most recent COVID-19 statistics for Mille Lacs County. Read on...
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