NMPH Director Reflects on One Year of COVID-19 Pandemic
Ada, MN — It’s been a year since COVID-19 became an official global pandemic and the world as we knew it changed. Schools went into distance learning, people were working from home, bars and restaurants shut down, and initially there were still many unknowns about the coronavirus and how it spread. We reflected on this past year during our COVID-19 conversation last week with Norman-Mahnomen Public Health. Director Sarah Kjono says one of the biggest challenges during this past year was gaining trust from the public and getting past numerous sources of inaccurate information.
Public perception of COVID-19 has certainly changed over the past year. Kjono says we’ve learned to live under new normal conditions and not be as fearful of the coronavirus as we may have been a year ago.
The first case of COVID-19 in Mahnomen County occurred on March 26th, Norman County had their first positive case on April 15th, and Traill County never had a positive case until May 7th.