The Minnesota Department of Health Friday, June 19, reported the death of an 11th Crow Wing County resident due to COVID-19.
The person who died was a man in his 80s and the death was reported Wednesday, a Crow Wing County news release reported.
There were no new cases reported in Crow Wing Friday, although nearby Mille Lacs County added one new laboratory-confirmed case and Todd County’s cases increased by five to 386. Aitkin, Cass, Morrison and Wadena counties reported no new cases this week. Wadena has not reported a new case in the month of June.
For the first time in its weekly COVID-19 report, the health department Thursday included data on laboratory test rates and positivity rates by county of residence. As of that date, Todd County — which surpassed other area counties in early May in terms of case numbers — led the way in both test and positivity rates. A total of 2,669 tests had been conducted there through Thursday, which equals 108.55 tests per 1,000 people and a positive rate of 15.3%.
Just 10 other counties in the state reported positivity rates in the double digits. Some of those — such as Nobles and Mower — are the sites of outbreaks at meat processing facilities. Nearly three-quarters of Todd’s cases trace their origins to three packing plants in the county.
Wadena County was second among area counties in the rate of testing — 66.87 per 1,000 — although it was seventh of seven when it came to positivity rate at 0.8%. Crow Wing registered 60.12 tests per 1,000 and a positivity rate of 2.6%. Morrison has conducted fewer tests per capita than Crow Wing, but has a higher positivity rate — 51.16 test per 1,000 residents and 3.7% positive.
As of Monday, the seven-day rolling average of the test positivity rate statewide was 3.5%, the health department reported in its briefing.
COVID-19 data as of June 19
Aitkin — 13 cases (+0 since the previous day); laboratory test rate of 43.97 per 1,000 residents; 2% positivity rate.
Cass — 11 (+0), with two deaths; test rate, 47.64 per 1,000; 1.3% positive.
Crow Wing — 92 (+0), with 11 deaths (+1); test rate, 60.12 per 1,000; 2.6% positive.
Mille Lacs — 29 (+1), with one death; test rate, 44.25 per 1,000; 2.3% positive.
Morrison — 54 (+0), with one death; test rate, 51.16 per 1,000; 3.7% positive.
Todd — 386 (+5), with two deaths; test rate, 108.55 per 1,000; 15.3% positive.
Wadena — 10 (+0); test rate, 66.87 per 1,000; 0.8% positive.
NOTE: Case 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. Testing and positivity rates are up to date as of Thursday, June 18.
Number of tests — 475,152 (+14,273 since the previous day).
Total positive cases — 32,031 (+362).
Positive health care workers — 3,327 (+35).
Age ranges with greatest numbers of cases — 30-39 years old, with 20.2% of cases; and 20-29 years old, with 19.2% of cases.
Currently hospitalized — 339 (-6), with 168 (-3) in intensive care.
Total cases requiring hospitalization — 3,748 (+30).
Total deaths — 1,361 (+17).
Deaths among those in long-term care or assisted living — 1,077 (+13).
No longer needing isolation — 27,709 (+143).
Compiled from Minnesota Department of Health data and county sources.
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