COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - Sibley County Response

What Is It?
COVID-19 is a viral respiratory illness caused by a Coronavirus that has not been found in people before.  COVID-19 is not caused by the same coronavirus that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in 2012. However, it is in the same family of viruses.

 What Is Sibley County’s Role?
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.  Like health officials around the world, Sibley County 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).

Locally, we are maintaining close communications with cities/townships, school districts and community service providers. Since the evening of March 17th, Sibley County has no known positive cases of COVID-19.  Please understand the information regarding COVID-19 is changing very quickly; even as the public is reading this. 

What Can You Do?
We need assistance from the community in many ways, especially through education.  Panic and alarm will not be helpful; this is the time to stay informed and continue to practice all of the same things we do to avoid influenza – wash your hands, avoid touching your face, cover your cough, practice social distancing and PLEASE stay home if you are sick.

Want More Information?
If you have further questions regarding COVID-19, there are a number of links listed below.  Also, the Minnesota Department of Health has a public hotline available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The hotline number is 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903. This hotline is for informational purposes; for emergency medical attention, dial 911.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota
“How to Protect Yourself.”
Coronavirus Disease 2019