Horizon Public Health staff are actively working to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, however our offices will be closed to the public as of March 27, 2020 at 4:30pm. Even though the doors are closed we are dedicated to continuing to provide services through alternate methods during this time. Most services are now able to be conducted without face to face meetings.
For General Public Health Inquiries please call 320-763-6018 or toll free at 1-800-450-4177. You are also welcome to email email@example.com
For the WIC (Women, Infants and Children Program) please call 320-763-7805 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can still welcome new participants during this time! Our WIC staff are doing their best to answer calls as they come in and are checking voicemails regularly.
For Hospice of Douglas County please call 320-763-6018 or email email@example.com
Horizon Public Health Staff are working and here to serve you.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Horizon Public Health has plans in place and is actively working with area partners in response to COVID-19. We encourage you to visit the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control websites (links below) for the most reliable and up-to-date information.
On March 17, 2020 new guidelines were released by MDH on testing criteria due to a national shortage of COVID-19 laboratory testing materials. The state will be focusing on the highest priority, including hospitalized patients, health care workers and those in long-term care facilities. People who have suspect or known cases of COVID-19, but are not severely ill, should stay home while they recover. If they have severe underlying health conditions or are older adults they should call their health care provider to see if they have additional recommendations for them.
The new guidelines include:
- Local hospitals and healthcare will access their own priorities for testing.
- Limit sending specimens to MDH of those from hospitalized COVID-19 patients, ill health care workers and ill persons living in long-term care settings.
- If individuals have symptoms of COVID-19 which are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath; they should self-quarantine for 7 days after illness onset, or 72 hours after resolution of fever (without taking fever-reducing medicines), and improvement of respiratory symptoms, whichever is longer. Individuals should seek care if their symptoms become severe.
- Individuals with symptoms who are not able to be tested should isolate themselves and limit their activities in public for 14 days.
Horizon Public Health is a fully integrated local public health organization that serves the residents and communities in Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens and Traverse Counties. With offices located in all five counties, you will find the staff of approximately 85 individuals out in your community working with local individuals, community partners, community events, and community organizations who share a goal of promoting and improving health for all.