Coronavirus Information

The video above was recorded on the November 13, 2020. On later dates, contained information may be out of date.

Coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, is a novel, or newly-discovered, coronavirus that was identified in humans in 2019. There are a lot of coronaviruses, and they cause about a third of the cases of what we call the common cold. Coronaviruses often cause upper respiratory tract illnesses, and they’re found in humans and animals.

Because this is a new virus in humans, we’re still learning about it. The situation and our understanding of it is changing constantly. From what we know so far, the best way to prevent infection is for everyone to wear a mask; keep at least a 6 ft distance from and limit time around others; and wash hands frequently.

COVID-19 produces symptoms similar to other, more common illnesses, many of which are in our community. Symptoms are sometimes mild or moderate but can also be life-threatening, especially for older people and those with compromised immune systems. Long-term effects for survivors are not yet known. The CDC recommends that everyone practice social distancing and wear non-medical masks in public to slow the spread of this disease. The slower it spreads, the more time we have to learn about it and protect our communities.

Beginning July 25, Minnesotans are required to wear masks in indoor public locations to help slow the spread of COVID-19. In addition, continue to wash your hands, get tested when sick, stay 6 feet away from others, and stay home when you can.

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Resources & Information

  • City of Marshall

    Updates, including facility closings, from the City of Marshall.

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  • Information from Avera

    Updates and recommendations from our local hospital. If you have concerns, please call Avera's Covid-19 hotline number before visiting: 1-877-AT-AVERA.

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  • Marshall Public Schools

    Information from MPS, including meal distribution (available to all ages 18 and under) and distance education updates.

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  • SMSU's FAQ and Resources

    Information from Southwest Minnesota State University on preventative measures and updates.

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  • Digital Resources

    A list of online-only educational activities and entertainment options, frequently updated.

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  • United States CDC

    Information from the US Centers for Disease Control

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  • CDC Situation Summary

    A frequently-updated page from the CDC on the current COVID-19 situation.

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    Frequently asked questions about COVID-19, answered by the US CDC.

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  • Minnesota Department of Health

    Minnesota-specific information from the Minnesota Department of Health

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  • Mayo Clinic News

    Information from our own Mayo Clinic concerning COVID-19.

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  • MPR News

    Updates on Minnesota's situation and response to COVID-19.

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  • Social Distancing from Avera

    Avera recommends "social distancing" to limit the spread of COVID-19. Learn more about it here.

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  • John Hopkins University & Medicine

    Global public health information from John Hopkins' infections disease experts.

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  • Handwashing videos

    Videos from the CDC to explain one of the most effective methods of prevention for all respiratory illnesses: good handwashing habits.

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  • If you're stressed ...

    The CDC has recommendations and resources on lowering your stress and that of your loved ones.

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  • Online Library Materials

    Don't forget: you have access to all sorts of library materials--free of viruses and bacteria--from home. Explore them here.

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