COVID-19 Guidelines—What Can You Do to Help Prevent?

We ask for the community’s help in preventing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Practice “social distancing” by keeping six feet away from others in public places and limit gatherings to no more than ten people.

Follow the national COVID-19 guidelines—15 Days to Slow the Spread:

  • Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local governments. And the Centers for Disease Control.
  • If you feel sick stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  • If your children are sick, contact your medical provider.
  • If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus or is symptomatic, keep the entire household at home. Intimate contacts should follow the same protocol. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider. [There are specific instructions from the MN Department of Health (MDH) issued March 17 for isolation at home. There are instructions for the person who is symptomatic and instructions for the rest of the household and intimate contacts. These instructions are found on the MDH website and at a copy is on the GRHS’ COVID page for state and local information found by visiting the homepage at]
  • If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
  • If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.

You can prevent the spread by following these recommendations from the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people – 6 feet whenever possible.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Have someone else get supplies for you whenever possible.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash – then wash your hands.
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

Learn more about protecting yourself and others at: