Mankato, Minn. – In the wake of the extension of Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order to May 18, The South Central Healthcare Coalition is encouraging people to continue to social distance and take other precautionary measures to keep the spread of COVID-19 to a minimum. 

“It’s clear that the curve is flattening, and that shows that Minnesotans are doing the right things – social distancing, wearing masks in public spaces, and only going out for the necessities,” says Eric Weller, Regional Coordinator of the South Central Healthcare Coalition. “We know how hard it is to be away from friends and family and to avoid so many of the activities we enjoy. But it’s important to stay the course to avoid an outbreak of additional cases.” 

Weller offers these tips to help protect yourself during the pandemic: 

  • Practice social distancing, including when engaging in outdoor activities, such as walking or running. Give your neighbors a wide berth when passing them on sidewalks, trails and streets. 
  • Only leave your house for essentials, such as groceries, health care and work. 
  • Wear a mask whenever you’re in a public space. 
  • Wash your hands frequently. 
  • Avoid touching your face. 
  • Keep hand sanitizer in your car and use it after any exposure to public spaces. 
  • Don’t leave your house if you’re sick except for necessary health care visits. 

“It’s much better to keep up these precautionary measures now than to have to do this all over again if an outbreak occurs,” says Weller. “We thank you for all your efforts during this difficult time.” 

For more information, visit https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/materials/index.html