Local health and education leaders are asking Kanabec Area residents to step up and take more personal responsibility in controlling the spread of COVID-19. 

The upper Midwest region of the United States has entered a new phase in the COVID-19 pandemic. Cases are rising faster than ever before and hospitals in our region are nearing capacity. Currently, the Kanabec County 14-day case rate is 128.09 per 10,000  population for the period of Nov. 14-Nov. 27, or possibly more as case data continues to be updated. 

Kanabec County Community Health declared, “It is clear we need to do more to control the spread of COVID-19,” in a press release. 

“The holiday season is upon us and we understand how much families want to gather. We also know these informal family gatherings have significantly contributed to COVID-19 spread and expose vulnerable people to the virus...

“As a community we need to unify and collectively work to lower our active case counts through the basic prevention measures that have been shared since the beginning of this pandemic. Decreasing our 14-day case rate is essential for our hospital to maintain available space, return our youth to in-person learning, and keep our businesses open. We need everyone’s help to accomplish this.”

Kanabec County Community Health, Welia Health, Mora Public Schools, City of Mora and the Kanabec County Sheriff’s Office, are sending a unified message and asking for all citizens in Kanabec County to stay home as much as possible, not to gather with people outside your immediate household, wear a mask when in public, and get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Testing is a key component in the efforts to controlling the spread of COVID-19. All Minnesotans can now get a no-cost saliva test kit sent to their home. To order visit: learn.vaulthealth.com/state-of-minnesota.

To find other testing locations visit: mn.gov/covid19/

Minnesota Helpline is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504. 

For more information about COVID-19, visit the Minnesota Department of Health www.health.state.mn.us or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/ websites.

Community Leader Messages

Randy Ulseth, CEO, Welia Health

Our hospitals, including Welia, are filling up, our capacity is shrinking and our employees are away from their families working long hours to take care of all of you. You, as members of our communities, are the front line of this pandemic. 

We need you to do your part in slowing the spread: Mask up, appropriately distance and avoid gatherings with those that don’t live with you. And please, when you get the opportunity, thank the men and women who are working in healthcare, they really are heroic. Together, we WILL overcome this.

Dan Voce, Superintendent, Mora Public Schools

Our students want to be back in school and participating in activities. We can all help get our students in school by following the safety protocols: Wear a face covering, distance 6 feet or more, wash hands frequently, avoid gatherings and stay home if you have symptoms. Our students and school staff appreciate your help.

Alan Skramstad, Mayor, City of Mora

This pandemic affects all of us so let’s do what we can to support those that are struggling to get through and those that are quarantined. Travel less, wear a mask in public, shop locally and order take out from the businesses that are temporarily shut down. Let’s make sure the hospital has room and staff for that heart attack, stroke or that baby that needs to arrive. Together we can beat this pandemic.

Brian Smith, Sheriff, Kanabec County

We are all in this together and will get through this together. Be kind to your neighbors and those working hard to protect our community.

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