Jennifer Lewerenz | Sep 3, 2020 AT 8:38 am
(KNSI) – The Minnesota Department of Health is dispelling a COVID-19 rumor. This one surrounding children diagnosed with the virus.
State epidemiologist Kris Ehresmann addressed the rumor saying child protective services would remove someone’s son or daughter from a home following a coronavirus diagnosis.
“Lately we’ve been hearing about online rumors circulating to the effect that children who test positive for COVID have been taken from their family members by child protective services. It’s hard to believe we’re at a point where such nonsense needs to be addressed, but let me say clearly that this rumor is false.”
Ehresmann says people need to be careful about where they get their information.
“We are doing our very best to be transparent and share information about what is happening with COVID and how we’re responding. This information is routinely shared on these calls and online. Minnesota is also home to many highly professional media outlets doing a really impressive job covering this pandemic.”
Ehresmann says, whatever outlet you prefer, misinformation is a real thing, and the public needs to carefully consider which sources to rely on for accurate information.
The bottom line, Ehresmann adds, is that we all need to exercise caution and not rely solely on unverified information from unfamiliar websites or social media.