Both Cass and Crow Wing counties saw their confirmed COVID-19 case numbers begin to rise more swiftly this week after weeks at a slower pace.

Since July 10, a total of 17 new cases were reported in Crow Wing County, and among the new cases is another health care worker for a total of 21 who’ve been infected. This brings the county’s total to 127 cases, with 18 of those believed to be active infections. Ninety-seven county residents have recovered from the disease, while 12 residents have died due to complications.

Cass County added eight new cases this week for a total of 27 confirmed. Although the total number of cases in Cass is low by comparison to Crow Wing, case numbers have doubled since July 2. After maintaining a flat, slow rise in case numbers since late March, Cass County has since surpassed neighboring counties Aitkin and Wadena in total case numbers.

In Cass’ new data are the first cases in a child and adolescent recorded in that county, with a 14-year-old girl and an 8-year-old girl testing positive. A 54-year-old man, whose positive result was reported Thursday, July 16, was in intensive care as of Friday, according to Cass County officials.

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In other area counties, Aitkin added two cases since Monday, July 13, while Mille Lacs, Morrison and Todd counties each saw one more case.

COVID-19 data as of July 17

  • Aitkin — 18 (+2 since Monday, July 13).

  • Cass — 27 (+7).

  • Crow Wing — 127 (+12), with 12 deaths.

  • Mille Lacs — 42 (+1), with two deaths.

  • Morrison — 70 (+1), with one death.

  • Todd — 405 (+1), with two deaths.

  • Wadena — 18.

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.

Statewide

  • Number of tests — 819,511

  • Total positive cases — 45,013.

  • Positive health care workers — 4,278.

  • Age range with greatest number of cases — 20-29 years old, with 23.2% of cases.

  • Currently hospitalized — 252, with 110 in intensive care.

  • Total cases requiring hospitalization — 4,563.

  • Total deaths — 1,533, with 40 probable deaths.

  • Deaths among those in long-term care or assisted living — 1,157.

  • No longer needing isolation — 38,568.

Compiled from Minnesota Department of Health data and county sources.

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