43 percent of Blue Earth County’s 279 overall COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in the past week. Kelley Haeder is the Public Health Supervisor in Blue Earth County. She says the recommendations to as healthy and safe as possible haven’t changed since the start of the pandemic.

“Practicing distancing, staying six feet away from others,” said Haeder. “We recommend wearing masks when you’re not able to keep that six-foot distance. Also, stay home when you’re sick, washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects.”

Haeder says persons should contact their health care provider is they’re experiencing symptoms or for testing options. Blue Earth County officials say as of Friday morning, 15 county residents are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19.