Todd and Crow Wing counties each experienced their largest single-day COVID-19 case increases Wednesday, May 20.
Todd County blew by the triple-digit mark, rising from 87 to 110 cases. Crow Wing County went from 30 to 38, but County Administrator Tim Houle said there were nine new cases added and a previous case was reassigned to a different county. Also adding cases among area counties were Mille Lacs and Morrison, which each saw two more.
Crow Wing now counts six health care workers among those infected along with eight long-term care residents. The majority of cases in the county now skews older with the new data, shifting from over 50 years old to over 60 years old. Twenty of the 38 county residents with laboratory-confirmed positives are no longer in isolation or beyond the period typically required for isolation.
Crow Wing County’s increase in cases is in part tied to the outbreak at Good Samaritan Society-Bethany in south Brainerd, which Monday reported 21 cases between residents and staff members. The Minnesota Department of Health has indicated recent data may be incomplete due to the need to confirm reports and delays in reporting. Bethany has not yet been listed as a congregate care facility with exposures by the Minnesota Department of Health.
Phone calls and an email seeking additional information on Todd County’s cases or what may be driving the steep rise were not returned Wednesday.
The Minnesota Department of Health set up COVID-19 hotlines available every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.:
School and child care questions: 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504.
Health questions: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903.
Visit cdc.gov and health.state.mn.us for more information about COVID-19.
Data as of May 20
Aitkin — 4.
Cass — 11, with 2 deaths.
Crow Wing — 38, with 1 death.
Mille Lacs — 15, with 1 death.
Morrison — 31.
Todd — 110.
Wadena — 6.
NOTE: These numbers are cumulative since March 21 and many are likely out of isolation. The number of those no longer needing isolation is not reported on a county-level basis by the state.
Number of tests — 167,338.
Positive cases — 17,670.
Deaths — 777.
Currently hospitalized — 550, with 212 in intensive care.
No longer needing isolation — 12,227.
Compiled from Minnesota Department of Health data and county sources.
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