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Posted on: April 27, 2020

Rice County COVID-19 Helpline Number


Rice County Public Health has opened a COVID-19 helpline today, to answer COVID-19 related questions and to help connect residents to local resources during the pandemic.

The Rice County COVID-19 Helpline number is 507.384. 6459. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Messages may be left on the helpline, and calls will be returned the following business day.    

If you have been placed in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19, call the helpline if you need essential needs assistance in order to maintain isolation or quarantine.

As a reminder, community resource information is available on the Rice County website at:

The Minnesota Department of Health also has COVID-19 hotlines:

  • School and child care questions: 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504
  • Health questions: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903

As of today, Rice County has had 10 lab confirmed cases of COVID-19, ranging in age from 20 years of age to 89 years of age.  Rice County COVID-19 data is updated regularly on the Rice County COVID-19 web page:    

Rice County continues to collect donations of personal protective equipment and homemade face masks which will be distributed throughout Rice County. More information can be found at:

Together we can help reduce the spread of COVID-19!   


Deb Purfeerst, Rice County Public Health Director (507) 332-5914

Sara Folsted, Rice County Administrator (507) 332-6100

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