Lowell Johnson, Director of Public Health and Environment, shares the best practices for reducing the spread of COVID-19.
Vaccines are our most powerful tool to slow the spread of COVID-19, but it's normal to be cautious when something new comes along. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing COVID-19 across all ages, racial and ethnic groups, and genders. They are free to everyone with no insurance required. COVID-19 vaccines help protect people who get vaccinated from getting sick and may also help protect people around them. Get the answers you need about how the vaccines work and why doctors recommend them.
Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are 95% effective at preventing COVID-19. In the small chance you would get COVID-19 after vaccination, experts also think that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is one of the best ways to protect yourself and everyone around you. By stopping the spread of COVID-19, we can keep businesses, schools, and other venues open and get us closer to the end of the pandemic.
As the science has evolved and we continue to learn about COVID-19, guidelines have adapted to keep our communities safe and healthy. What we know now is that the most effective ways to reduce the spread of the virus are to wash hands, stay at least 6 feet away from others, and wear a face mask. Click the link below for the most up-to-date scientific research and data.
Physical distancing and other measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 are necessary, but can leave many feeling isolated, lonely, and anxious. It’s important to find new ways to connect with family and friends during this time. Our social relationships are important for our overall health and well-being and can greatly reduce our stress levels. Finding ways to cope with stress and maintaining your relationships will keep you and your community healthier and stronger. Click the link below to access resources to support your mental health and well-being.
Research shows that wearing a face covering in public helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when combined with every day preventative actions and physical distancing — but only if worn properly. Wear a mask correctly and consistently for the best protection for yourself and others. Click the link below to learn how to select a face covering and properly wear and care for your mask.
As colder weather pushes people indoors more, case numbers are rising—particularly in people age 15 to 24 according to the Minnesota Department of Health. While young adults are reportedly at lower risk of severe disease or death from COVID-19, some still experience serious illness, and all can transmit the infection to others. Be vigilant! Wash your hands, stay six feet away from others, and wear a mask to keep schools, restaurants, stores, and more open.
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