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Video: Department of Health tells people 'stop your social gatherings'

Nov 16, 2020 05:44AM ● By Editor

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By Aaron Adelson of KARE 11 News - November 15, 2020

"We are asking people to stop their social gatherings," Dan Huff, Assistant Commissioner for the Health Protection Bureau, said in an interview with KARE 11.  

Huff said people need to stay home. The state has repeatedly reported new daily records for COVID-19 cases lately. Huff urges people between the ages of 18-35 to get tested. It is now easier than ever for Minnesotans to do that.  

With 10 saliva test sites running, more Minnesotans than ever are getting checked for COVID-19. The state reports 59,746 people took a test on Saturday, which is the most ever for one day.  

"It was pretty simple," Erin Haan said after taking a test in Minneapolis, "My husband was exposed. He tested positive a few days ago," said Haan.  

She said her husband has been in isolation since finding out he was exposed, and so far he has not presented symptoms. She hasn't either, but needed to get tested. Learning your spouse has COVID-19 is worrisome, but Haan has another reason to feel scared.  

"I have cancer. So, yea it is," she shared. 

Haan says she has stage-one breast cancer, and continues to receive chemotherapy.  

"We just do our best," she said, about managing her health in this pandemic. 

"This is an absolute critical and crisis phase for us in Minnesota," said Huff.  

Huff said doing our best means doing a lot less.  "We need to lay low. We need to stop all of our social gatherings," he said. 

That was a message Dr. Michael Osterholm shared to the nation on Meet The Press.  "If we don't basically take important steps like stop swapping air with our neighbors, our friends, our colleagues, we're going to see these numbers grow substantially," he said.

Stay home, they say, to keep first responders safe, to keep doctors safe, to keep Erin safe.

"Do what you can to keep everyone safe," she said. 

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