Public Health

Public Health is a unit within the McLeod County Health and Human Services department. Our mission is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in McLeod County through education, empowerment and collaboration.

McLeod County public health programs and services include:

Under Minnesota Statute 145 A, Community Health Boards have the authority and responsibility to provide public health services. Minnesota follows a framework of foundational public health responsibilities that represents the work governmental public health must do to meet communities’ unique needs. McLeod County does this by being a part of Meeker McLeod Sibley Community Health Services.  Find out more about these Public Health Services.

If you think you are ill from eating food in a public setting, call the Minnesota Foodborne Illness Hotline at 1-877-FOOD-ILL (1-877-366-3455).
If you have had physical contact with a bat, call your healthcare provider. If you find a bat in your home, capture it. Wait until regular business hours to call the Minnesota Department of Health at 651-201-5414 for advice.
Physicians: For diseases that require immediate reporting, please call the Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division at: 651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414
MDH Emergency Operations "after hours" number: 651-201-5735
24/7 Disaster ReportingReport Public Health Emergencies: A public health emergency is anything that causes, or could cause injuries or illness to a large number of people. Please use the following guidelines to determine how to respond. If this is an emergency, call 911.To report a natural or man-made emergency that may have public health consequences for the community, call McLeod County Dispatch at 320-864-3134.

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