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The Leech Lake Tribal Council has declared a Public Health Emergency due to the threat of COVID-19 aka Coronavirus.

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Where can i get more information?

Minnesota Department of Health Coronavirus Information

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus Information

Questions about COVID-19? Call the Hotline: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903 open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

You can also call 211 or text 898211

Is Coronavirus on Leech Lake?

As of May 8th, 2020, there are no known confirmed cases of coronavirus on the Leech Lake Reservation.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

What should I do if I am sick?

#1 Call your doctor: 

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

The CDC has provided some steps to take if you are sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

IF YOU ARE HAVING A MEDICAL EMERGENCY CALL 911

 If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.

If you plan on driving yourself to a hospital or clinic please call ahead and let them know you are coming so they can properly prepare.

Stay home except to get medical care
You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.

  • Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
  • Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in
    your home

Call ahead before visiting your doctor
If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

Wear a facemask
You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you, or they should wear a facemask if they enter your room.

Cover your coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can; immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.

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