“Personally, I think they owe the city of Eitzen and its citizens an apology,” Mayor Jeff Adamson told MPR News on Saturday, speaking about the Minnesota Department of Health.
He disputed MDH’s account of the incident and said city leaders were never contacted about survey teams working in the community.
“It would have been very simple to say ‘Hey, we’re going to come down on the 15th, asking a few questions.’ And we could have very easily notified everybody in town, and everybody would have known about it and I’m sure they would have been well-received,” Adamson said.
State health officials on Friday reported cases of health workers being subjected to hostility in several Minnesota communities, as the teams surveyed households to collect data on how COVID-19 is spreading. The hostility — including reports of racist slurs — was so great, state officials said, that they were forced to end