Horizon Public Health issued recommendations yesterday for ways people can limit the spread of the coronavirus. Horizon cautioned that there have been reports of people trying to take advantage of the situation. Be wary of emails that claim to be from your health department. Horizon is NOT contacting people with positive tests or their contacts using email.

Also, if you have respiratory symptoms, stay home and isolate yourself from household contacts. Seek care by calling your health care provider first when possible. Stay home for at least 7 days after illness onset and/or 72 hours fever-free (without taking fever reducing medication) whichever is longer.

If you are a household member or have been in intimate contact with people who have symptoms you should limit your activities in public and monitor symptoms for 14 days after incorporating precautions at home.

Everyone should be working to social distance (at least 6 feet).  Give people room at the grocery store, at work and in other environments. And, of course, keep washing your hands.

Horizon Public Health recommends the public use the CDC and MDH websites for the most current information as they are updated on a frequent basis. Visit them at cdc.gov and health.state.mn.us. The Minnesota Department of Health hotline for public questions is 1-800-657-3903. Visit Horizon Public Health at horizonpublichealth.org.

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