Details emerge in 2nd case of COVID-19 in Crow Wing County resident

The first resident of Crow Wing County with a confirmed COVID-19 test was a man in his 20s. State health officials confirmed that case Tuesday.


The Minnesota Department of Health released more details Thursday, April 2, about the second official case of COVID-19 in Crow Wing County, confirmed a day earlier by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.

State health officials informed the county of the confirmed case late Wednesday, and county officials stated Thursday the county resident is a woman in her 80s who was hospitalized, and the case does not appear to be travel related.

“She is feeling good and is being discharged today,” Cuyuna Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Peggy Stebbins said Thursday morning.

The first resident of Crow Wing County with a confirmed COVID-19 test was a man in his 20s. State health officials confirmed that case Tuesday.

County health and state health officials will work to identify with whom the woman and the man recently came into contact. Those people will be asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days from their exposure date and will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.


In a majority of cases, COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover. Health officials recommend individuals and families make a plan in case someone gets sick.

They also suggest following the same steps for avoiding the flu:

  • Stay home and away from others if sick.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow or a tissue.

  • Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds with soap and water.

  • Avoid touching one’s face.

The Minnesota Department of Health has set up COVID-19 hotlines available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For school and childcare questions, call 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504. For health questions, call 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903.
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Cuyuna Regional Medical Center reported a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a Crow Wing County resident Wednesday, April 1. The case was the second confirmed case reported among residents Wednesday, following Crow Wing County's announcement of the first case earlier that morning. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

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