Situation Update

About COVID-19

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.  The virus can spread from an infected person’s mouth or nose in small liquid particles when they cough, sneeze, speak, sing or breathe. These particles range from larger respiratory droplets to smaller aerosols. 

Most people infected with the virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. However, some will become seriously ill and require medical attention. Older people and those with underlying medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, or cancer are more likely to develop serious illness. Anyone can get sick with COVID-19 and become seriously ill or die at any age. 

Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion or runny nose, or loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.  These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after you are exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Not everyone with COVID-19 has all of these symptoms, and some people may not have any symptoms. Even after recovering from COVID-19, some people may have lingering symptoms such as fatigue, cough, or joint pain.


Viruses constantly change through mutation and sometimes these mutations result in a new variant of the virus.  Some variants emerge and disappear while others persist.  New variants will continue to emerge.  CDC and other public health organizations monitor all variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the US and globally.

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Situation Update for COVID-19

Data is for cases that were tested and returned positive. At-home test results are not included.

All data is preliminary and may change as cases are investigated. Some data points are collected through an online survey or during case interviews; however, not all cases are interviewed. 

Positive PCR test results are considered confirmed cases. Positive antigen test results are considered probable cases. All probable cases get the same public health follow up and recommendations as cases confirmed by PCR tests.

 The Sherburne County COVID-19 Dashboard is updated weekly on Monday.

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