COVID-19 Response

For the most current information on COVID-19 please visit https://www.health.state.mn.us/

Update -
On July 22, 2020, Governor Walz announced that starting July 25, 2020 masks would be required to be worn in public spaces. More information can be found here

Frequently Asked Questions About the Requirement to Wear Face Coverings
Face Covering Requirements and Recommendations under Executive Order 20-81

Update -
On July 13, 2020, Governor Walz extended the peacetime emergency. “COVID-19 continues to present an unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenge to our state,” said Governor Walz. “The peacetime emergency has provided us tools to save lives and mitigate the devastating impacts of this pandemic. As cases skyrocket in other states, we can’t let our guard down now.” More information can be found here

Update -
On June 12, 2020, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-75 extending the COVID-19 peacetime emergency. 
More information can be found here

Update -
On June 5, 2020, Governor Walz announced a gradual re-opening of indoor dining, gyms, and entertainment venues that would begin on June 10, 2020. 


More Information can be found here

Update -
On May 20, 2020, Governor Walz announced the next phases of the Stay Safe Plan. Starting June 1, 2020 restaurants can open for patio and outdoor service.

June 1

June 1 II

Update -
On May 13, 2020, Governor Walz announced that the Stay at Home order will be lifted Monday, May 18th. 

Just announced by Governor Walz: "Starting May 18, non-critical businesses, like retail stores and main street businesses, can reopen if they have a safety plan. We will be able to gather with friends and family in groups of 10 or less with social distancing."


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On March 25, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-20, directing Minnesotans to limit movements outside of their homes from March 27 at 11:59 p.m. to April 10 at 5:00 p.m. to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We understand that you may have questions about how this order may impact you.  This link (https://mn.gov/governor/covid-19/) provides information from the State of Minnesota on the executive order.  Additionally for businesses looking for assistance or answers regarding on if they are critical please click the following link for a comprehensive list of resources to help your business: https://www.cottagegrovemn.gov/departments/economic_development/index.php

 COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019)
The City of Cottage Grove is actively engaged in our nation’s response to COVID-19 to ensure that we are prepared and able to protect the health and safety of our residents and those who work in or travel through Cottage Grove. The City’s Emergency Management Division is working diligently with local, county, state, and federal agencies to maintain situational awareness and to slow the spread of COVID-19 so our healthcare system isn't overwhelmed. 

COVID-19 Background 
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. COVID-19 is a new virus that hasn't caused illness in humans before. Worldwide, COVID-19 has resulted in thousands of infections, causing illness and in some cases death. Cases have spread to countries throughout the world, with more cases reported daily.

COVID-19 is thought to be able to spread like the cold or flu through:
  • coughing and sneezing, which creates respiratory droplets
  • close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • touching an object or surface with the virus on it
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
  • fever
  • coughing
  • shortness of breath
  • in more severe cases, pneumonia (infection in the lungs)

The vast majority of people will have mild or moderate symptoms and will recover from this virus. Older people—and those with pre-existing medical conditions—have a greater risk for more serious illness.

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, but many experts are at work developing one. As with any new vaccine, it must be tested to make certain it is safe and effective, and it may take over a year for a COVID-19 vaccine to become available.

You can take everyday preventive steps to slow the spread of respiratory illnesses like colds and flu:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your sleeve or your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using standard cleaning practices.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home, except when seeking medical care.
Persons at Higher Risk of Becoming Seriously Ill from COVID-19: 
Older adults (age 60+) and those with pre-existing medical conditions have a greater risk for serious illness, and in some cases death, if they become infected with COVID-19. Examples of pre-existing medical conditions include: cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other conditions that impact the immune system's ability to fight germs.

Currently, people are at risk for contracting COVID-19 are ones who:
  • recently traveled to geographic areas of concern
  • have close, personal contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19
  • care for people with COVID-19
If you are an older adult or you have one and more chronic health conditions, you can take action to reduce your risk of exposure to COVID-19:
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol content.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
Guidance for Travelers
At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people who are at risk for serious illness, including older adults and those with pre-existing medical conditions, avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.

If you must travel, CDC is updating travel advisories as warranted and has advised against nonessential travel to some geographic areas of concern. Visit the CDC travel advisory site to check on current travel warnings if you are planning a trip abroad.

Preparedness Measures
You can prepare in the following ways:
  • Have an adequate supply of nonprescriptive drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines.
  • Check your regular prescription drugs to make sure you have an adequate supply; refill your prescriptions if needed.
  • Have a thermometer, tissues and hand sanitizer in case you become ill and must stay at home to recover.
  • Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick and what will be needed to care for them at home.
  • Have a two-week supply of water and food at home
  • Sign up for CodeRED to receive real-time, customized notifications via text, email, and/or voice message during emergencies (such as missing child alerts, severe weather, immediate health and/or safety concerns, evacuation notices, utility disruptions, and more). To learn about CodeRED and sign up to receive notifications, please visit our CodeRED page.
What You Can Do
Stay informed! The most up-to-date information about COVID-19 is available on the MDH COVID-19 website and the CDC COVID-19 website. If you have health questions about infectious diseases, please call the MDH hotline at 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can also click here to learn more about Washington County Public Health and Environment’s response to COVID-19 and for additional resources. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html for the CDC's Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19.