CRMC confirms 2nd case of COVID-19 in Crow Wing resident

Peggy Stebbins, CRMC spokeswoman, said she was unable to release the age or suspected mode of transmission of the disease at this time due to patient privacy.

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A second case of COVID-19 in Crow Wing County was confirmed Wednesday, April 1, by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.

The patient tested positive for the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus Tuesday, according to CRMC.

This person did seek health care at CRMC, is isolated and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials, the news release stated. The Minnesota Department of Health is working closely with the patient, their close contacts and health care providers to monitor people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and follow guidelines regarding follow up and isolation.

Peggy Stebbins, CRMC spokeswoman, said she was unable to release the age or suspected mode of transmission of the disease at this time due to patient privacy. She did, however, confirm the case is separate from the one reported by Crow Wing County Wednesday morning.

MDH informed the county of the first confirmed case late Tuesday, and said the resident is a man in his 20s and it doesn’t appear to be travel related. The individual is isolated at home with home contacts. This new case is the first resident of Crow Wing County with a confirmed COVID-19 test.


An earlier case of COVID-19 confirmed in Crow Wing County was an individual who did not live in Crow Wing County but was in the area temporarily. He will be counted in a different county in Minnesota and is at home there in quarantine.

CRMC stated it is well prepared and is continuing to take every precaution to ensure the health and safety of all patients, providers and staff. All people entering CRMC’s facilities are being screened, visitors are restricted and a special Respiratory Clinic with a separate entrance was developed to treat patients with COVID-19 symptoms. Virtual visits are being offered as well as a free phone visits with a nurse. Nurses will screen and evaluate respiratory symptoms and concerns related to COVID-19. No appointment is necessary, and all are welcome to call 218-546-7000.

“CRMC recognizes and is grateful for the commitment and compassion our staff are showing in caring for all patients,” said CEO Kyle Bauer. “I just want to thank all of them, not just for the current situation, but the dedication and compassion they demonstrate every single day and I know we will get through this together.”

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Crow Wing County appeared on the Minnesota Department of Health's state map for the first time Wednesday, April 1. The MDH has officially confirmed one case, but local officials have confirmed two as of Wednesday morning. Screenshot / Minnesota Department of Health

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