Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus Information

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China.

  • The risk of exposure in Mower County is low.
  • Most people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are adults. There is no evidence that children are more susceptible.
  • Good hygiene (proper handwashing) is your best protection against COVID-19.

People at higher risk of COVID-19 include:

  • older than 60.
  • who have serious chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease.
  • who have weakened immune systems.


Patients with COVID-19 have a respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for COVID-19.


  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

If you are sick:

  • Stay home. Until you feel better and are fever free for 24 hours.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


Call the medical department for work related questions regarding illness. The phone number is on your ID card. Also if you feel you need to see a doctor please call the nurse triage line for additional help. Austin: 507-433-8758

Doctor’s notes can be dropped off at the guard shack. They will be placed into a secure envelope.

Check on the QPP website under notices for new information. There is also an E-mail sign up.

The situation changes daily. Be patient and cooperative as we move through this challenging period

Anyone returning from a week or more of vacation will have their ID card blocked. You will be directed to the medical department before returning to work.