COVID-19 cases have been growing in Waseca County in recent days, as illustrated by the CDC’s color-coded map ( https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home) and today’s case counts ( https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/situation.html#daily2). Waseca County’s Sarah Berry says she has looked at the data and talked with our partners at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca and they share my concern for our community. Cases reflected in these numbers are community members; there is not an outbreak at a congregate setting at this time. Hospitalizations are up across the state and our area is no exception. To keep beds available for those who need them and to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations, we would kindly request our neighbors to follow these recommendations to prevent illness and keep our most vulnerable safe.
- Get vaccinated. For COVID-19, and any other immunizations you might be behind on.
- Stay home if you are ill.
- Get tested if recommended. This helps our medical community to better understand diseases impacting our county.
- Wash your hands frequently, and especially before touching your face or eating.
- Give your neighbors some breathing room. Keep 6 feet apart when you are able.
- Use a face covering when indoors or in close proximity to others, even if you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
We realize this last ask is disappointing, but recent events in the area and observations at our medical facilities compel us to make this recommendation to return to masking for a bit. We know this will further prevent disease transmission, and will reduce the amount of people who become seriously ill. It is our goal to keep as many of our family, friends and neighbors healthy as possible. Masking is an additional way to show kindness and caring to our children and other community members who are unable to be vaccinated at this time. Please join me in preventing unnecessary illness.