Carlton County officials are taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but will keep county offices open.

County coordinator Dennis Genereau urged residents to call to take care of their business when possible or to go through the county website at www.co.carlton.mn.us.

“We strongly recommend that if you don't have to go out, don't go out,” he said.

County leaders have moved tables and chairs to ensure people stay the minimum recommendation of six feet apart from each other during meetings. Signs are posted on the door of each room listing how many people can safely fit inside.

They are doing their best to balance safety and provide services that are necessary to the public.

“It (coronavirus) has not punched us in the face in Minnesota like it has other places,” Genereau said. “It’s just tickling our toes.”

Officials are consulting the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep both the public and employees safe.

Carlton County Health and Human Services will be posting a daily update on the county website every afternoon around 3 p.m. notifying residents of any changes.

So far, no one from Carlton County has tested positive for the virus, according to MDH. However, officials advise people to wash their hands often, avoid contact with people who are sick, cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze and to stay home if they are sick.

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