Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an illness, like the flu, that can spread from person-to-person. There is no vaccine for the virus, so people should take steps to protect themselves by stopping the spread of germs. For the most up-to-date information, visit the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites.
Minnesota health officials have confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Dakota County. People identified will be asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days from their exposure date and will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.
Viruses don't discriminate, and neither should we. Stigma will not fight the virus but sharing accurate information will.
Dakota County COVID-19 Cases
- Total positive: 54
- Patients who no longer need to be isolated: 27
- Deaths: 1
- Last updated: Friday, April 3, 2020
Updated daily (Monday through Friday) by 1 p.m. Numbers reported are from the previous day's testing.
Public Health is not authorized by the State of Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner to share any private data on COVID-19 cases beyond county and age-range. Such sharing would potentially be a violation of the Minnesota Government Data Privacy Act, Minnesota Statute. Ch. 13.
Dakota County COVID-19 Resources
Dakota County has a public hotline to answer COVID-19 questions Monday through Friday.
Dakota County health questions:
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Minnesota Department of Health also has two public hotlines open seven days a week.
School and child care questions:
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Governor issues stay at home order
Minnesota State Governor Tim Walz signed a stay at home executive order that is effective from March 27 at 11:59 p.m. to April 10 at 5 p.m.
The stay at home order directs Minnesotans to limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs. By limiting social interactions, we decrease the chance of transmission of COVID-19 and help our health care sector prepare for increased demands.
Minnesotans may leave their homes to pick up essential items such as groceries or food, prescriptions, and gas; to relocate for safety reasons; or go to work if their job is deemed essential in a sector. If you leave your home, practice social distancing measures and keep 6 feet between you and those around you. Everyone is encouraged to stay active outside during this time, provided they practice safe social distancing.
Permissible activities during the stay at home order include:
- Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies
- Outdoor activities, such as walking pets, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing
- Necessary supplies and services, such as getting groceries, gasoline, or carry-out
- Essential and interstate travel, such as returning to home from outside this state
- Care of others, such as caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household
- Displacement, such as moving between emergency or homeless shelters if you are without a home
- Relocation to ensure safety, such as relocating to a different location if your home has been unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation or essential operations reasons
- Tribal activities and lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservations
For more information on this order, visit the Governor's website.
Planning ahead and being prepared is a good way to keep you, your loved ones and your communities safe. Learn how to prepare:
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