Coronavirus: how to "think smart" about it (hoarding toilet paper won't help)

Mar 13, 2020

A scene from a Chinese supermarket last month
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Most folks haven't lived through anything like what is now being called the coronavirus "pandemic."

So it's not surprising that reactions run the gamut from panicking about getting sick ... or scoffing, eye-rolling, and assertions that it will never trouble us here in the Northland.

But St. Louis County's Public Health Division has launched a staffed information line and a web site so people can find information and get their questions answered, the the Public Health Division's Director, Amy Westbrook, says it's not a question of if the virus arrives in northeastern Minnesota, but when.

St. Louis County Coronavirus Information webpage

St. Louis County Public Health has launched an information phone line and web page to help people access accurate and up-to-date information about COVID-19 (coronavirus). The phone number is 218-625-3600. Public health professionals will answer and return calls during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..

Minnesota Department of Health Coronavirus Information (COVID-19) webpage.

The Minnesota Department of Health offers a hotline seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. That number is 651-201-3920.