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Coronavirus: how to "think smart" about it (hoarding toilet paper won't help)

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Most folks haven't lived through anything like what is now being called the coronavirus "pandemic."

So it's not surprising that reactions run the gamut from panicking about getting sick ... or scoffing, eye-rolling, and assertions that it will never trouble us here in the Northland.

But St. Louis County's Public Health Division has launched a staffed information line and a web site so people can find information and get their questions answered, the the Public Health Division's Director, Amy Westbrook, says it's not a question of if the virus arrives in northeastern Minnesota, but when.

St. Louis County Coronavirus Information webpage

St. Louis County Public Health has launched an information phone line and web page to help people access accurate and up-to-date information about COVID-19 (coronavirus). The phone number is 218-625-3600. Public health professionals will answer and return calls during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..

Minnesota Department of Health Coronavirus Information (COVID-19) webpage.

The Minnesota Department of Health offers a hotline seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. That number is 651-201-3920.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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