COVID-19 & Testing

COVID-19 information

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new viral respiratory illness 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 about COVID-19, visit the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites.


Symptoms- The CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2–14 days after being exposed to the virus. Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness.


NEW: What to do if you’re waiting for test results (PDF)

Is it COVID-19?

Is it COVID-19? (Somali)

Is it COVID-19? (Spanish)

Who should get tested?

Minnesota Testing Sites



What do I do if I get sick?

Click here to find out what to do if you get sick
Click here to find out what to do if you get sick (Spanish)

Click here to find out what to do if you get sick (Somali)

Click here to find out what to do if you get sick (ASL)


Talking with Children about Coronavirus

Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children


Information in Other Languages

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Current Situation/Press Releases

Slowing the Spread

Hotlines and Other Resources

Changes to Rice County Services

Resources for Food

Resources for Child Care

Resources for Veterans

Resources for Businesses

Resources for Farmers

Resources for Housing 

PPE Donation Request