People who spent time in downtown Rochester in late June and early July may want to get tested for COVID-19, especially if they went to a bar where people weren't following public health guidelines.
Olmsted County Public Health officials have continued to see an increase in positive coronavirus cases, particularly in downtown Rochester, over the past three weeks.
The county is encouraging anyone who spent time at bars from June 26-July 7 where people weren't wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart to contact their health care provider to see if they should get a COVID-19 test, as they may have been exposed to the virus.
Olmsted County Public Health did not name any bars in particular that are linked to an outbreak of COVID-19. According to tweets from MPR's Catharine Richert, health officials said people they talked to via contract tracing show people bar hopped, so it's hard to confirm where they may have gotten the coronavirus.
At least one bar in Rochester has closed temporarily due to COVID-19. On July 4, Dooley's Pub posted on Facebook that it was temporarily closing, and a few days later said it made the decision after an employee tested positive for the virus.
Bars and restaurants in several Minnesota cities have been linked to the spread of the virus in the weeks since they were allowed to reopen to dine-in customers on June 10. And state health officials said this week it could be a contributing factor in the rise in the state's test positivity rate.
To help slow the spread of the coronavirus, health officials continue to remind people to wear a face-covering when inside public places (Rochester does have a face mask mandate), practice social distancing, wash their hands properly, cover their coughs and sneezes, avoid touching their face, and stay home when they're feeling sick.