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Rochester city, medical leaders unveil plans to combat the coronavirus

With Mayo Clinic at the heart of the city the medical giant and community leaders are unveiling plans for if the deadly disease reaches our area.

Posted: Feb 28, 2020 10:56 AM
Updated: Feb 28, 2020 9:37 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Rochester is a hub for health and wellness that draws in people from around the globe.

With Mayo Clinic at the heart of the city the medical giant and community leaders are unveiling plans for if the deadly disease reaches our area.

With more than 80,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and around 3,000 people dead from the virus fear continues to spread.

Donna Hawthorne from La Crosse said, "I've gone out and bought two weeks of non-perishables and have medicine and stay away from people who are sneezing and coughing the best I can but yes, I'm worried."

Now health organizations around the world are preparing for the possible pandemic.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh explained, "There's certainly the potential and really we're on the verge of this occurring within next few months if things continue the way it's going."

Mayo Clinic says that includes staff wearing appropriate protective equipment with a specialty mask, a face shield, gown and gloves to prevent transmission.

Dr. Tosh said, "Normal healthcare workers are donning the appropriate personal protective equipment, as recommended by the CDC,
and that's been able to maintain safety of their patients and also prevent transmission to other patients."

If doctors were to treat a coronavirus patient in Rochester Mayo Clinic says they would be immediately quarantined.

"We would have the patient in their own room, they wouldn't be sharing a room and the providers going in would wearing the
personal protective equipment," he added.

The city of Rochester says for the past month its been working with community partners including Olmsted County Public Health Services to prepare for the coronavirus.

The city encourages residents to take three main steps. The first is to be informed. The second is to reduce your risk of getting or spreading the virus by taking precautionary measures as you would for the flu and finally if you have questions or concerns contact the appropriate agency.

Rochester also says it has a Continuity of Operations Plan that includes a pandemic annex.

Each department has a COOP team members who will update the plan, attend training and participate in exercises to prepare for the coronavirus.

ROCHESTER, Minn. - A month-long project to prepare for the Coronavirus by Olmsted County leaders revolves around three steps.

"The City of Rochester has a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) that includes a Pandemic Annex. Each department has COOP team members who will update the plan, attend training, and participate in exercises to prepare for disruption," the city said. 

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In a press release issued Friday, Olmsted County, Rochester Public Schools, Olmsted Medical Center, Mayo Clinic and Rochester International Airport laid out steps to prepare for the Coronavirus.

"Rochester residents are encouraged to take three main steps. The first is to be informed. The latest information can be found from Olmsted County Public Health, Minnesota Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Prevention and Control. The second step is to reduce your risk of getting spreading COVID-19 virus. This includes taking precautionary measures like a person would for cold and the flu. Examples include staying home when you are sick, cover your cough and sneeze and practicing good hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Finally, if you have questions or concerns, please contact the appropriate agency," the city said. 

Ken Jones, Director of Emergency Management, issued the following statement:

“The City of Rochester is working proactively with Olmsted County Public Health Services COVID-19 virus. We know that more
can be accomplished by working together in a coordinated way. As a City, we are taking steps to ensure our services continue to operate,” Jones said. 

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Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 97638

Reported Deaths: 2067
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Ramsey11088322
Dakota7635126
Anoka6238137
Stearns407724
Washington388355
Scott262533
Olmsted251928
Nobles197716
Blue Earth17266
Wright16957
St. Louis165941
Carver14377
Clay141741
Rice13438
Mower13425
Sherburne116914
Kandiyohi10552
Winona91318
Lyon7224
Waseca6898
Benton5603
Crow Wing55518
Steele5552
Freeborn5464
Nicollet54517
Watonwan5304
Chisago5131
Todd5042
McLeod5012
Le Sueur4744
Otter Tail4624
Beltrami4505
Martin43010
Goodhue3829
Itasca34715
Pine3430
Douglas3372
Polk3224
Isanti3151
Becker2812
Carlton2761
Morrison2682
Dodge2570
Pipestone23210
Cottonwood2280
Chippewa2231
Meeker2132
Wabasha2020
Sibley1993
Brown1962
Yellow Medicine1902
Cass1844
Redwood1773
Rock1760
Murray1722
Mille Lacs1693
Renville1578
Unassigned15452
Jackson1491
Faribault1470
Swift1441
Fillmore1330
Houston1280
Kanabec1278
Roseau1250
Koochiching1233
Pennington1201
Hubbard1171
Lincoln1160
Stevens1041
Pope990
Aitkin831
Big Stone830
Wadena720
Wilkin703
Lac qui Parle651
Grant634
Lake600
Norman540
Marshall531
Mahnomen491
Red Lake451
Traverse340
Clearwater280
Lake of the Woods231
Kittson120
Cook60

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Confirmed Cases: 86860

Reported Deaths: 1315
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Polk16010262
Woodbury555467
Johnson517027
Black Hawk450990
Linn4101113
Story346217
Dubuque333241
Scott304528
Dallas280738
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Buena Vista199912
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Plymouth116121
Clinton113021
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Crawford11005
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Warren9666
Jasper86432
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Marion7697
Henry7554
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Lee6437
Wright5961
Dickinson5306
Boone5178
Bremer5027
Washington47211
Louisa43115
Delaware4233
Mahaska41519
Floyd3543
Jackson3523
Franklin35118
Lyon3514
Winneshiek3406
Clay3344
Hamilton3323
Benton3281
Winnebago31713
Hardin3071
Poweshiek3078
Buchanan2861
Jones2843
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Butler2752
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Sac2650
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Page1710
Cass1692
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Monona1601
Monroe16011
Lucas1566
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Jefferson1391
Union1383
Taylor1321
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Keokuk1141
Worth1090
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Montgomery975
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