Information for Health Care Providers


To make a referral for a public health program please call (507) 375-3294 or fax (507) 375-7359.

To make a referral to Child Protection please call (507) 375- 3294 or 1-888-299-5941 and ask for the intake worker. After hours contact Watonwan County Communication Center (507) 375-3121. 

Infectious Disease Reporting 

Reporting of cases of infectious diseases and related conditions is a vital step in controlling and preventing the spread of communicable disease. By law, a number of infectious diseases must be reported to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Reportable Disease Rule (Communicable Disease Reporting Rule)

Who is required to report

  • Health care practitioners (health care facilities, medical laboratories, and in certain circumstances veterinarians and veterinary medical laboratories) are required to report disease to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) under Minnesota state law.     
    • Unless previously reported, every licensed health care provider who provides care to any patient who has, is suspected of having, or has died from a reportable disease is required to report.
  • Any person in charge of any institution, school, child care facility, or camp is also required to report disease to MDH.

What to report

Reportable Diseases


Methods of Reporting Disease


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Contact Us

Barb Salmela-Lind, RN, PHN Community Health Manager

Main Phone:                (507) 375-3294                   Fax: (507) 375-7359

715 2nd Avenue South      St. James, MN 56081


Monday-Friday                  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.