When the month of July began, 102 residents had tested positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus.

As of Friday, July 31, that cumulative figure had nearly doubled, with 90 new cases in the month, 40 of which came in the last seven days. The death of a 13th county resident was reported this week as well — a 95-year-old woman who died July 23. Including the 13 residents who’ve died, 150 of those who’ve tested positive are no longer in isolation or are beyond the expected period of isolation.

Crow Wing County Administrator Tim Houle said results are currently delayed by five to seven days, meaning tests taken about a week ago are just now showing up in the statistics.

“It had shortened but I think when we expanded testing without expanding lab capacity, we created a delay in results,” Houle wrote in an email.

Meanwhile, Crow Wing County’s cumulative positive case rate inched up as well this week, from 2.3% to 2.5%. It dropped to 2.1% mid-month before increasing over the latter half of July. A total of 1,025 completed tests in Crow Wing County were reported July 23-29, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. This was the highest weekly total of the month, more than three times the number of tests completed in the first week of July.

Since the first reported Crow Wing County cases on March 31, those older than 50 have represented the majority of the cases until the past two weeks, when that margin has narrowed. As of Friday, those 50-plus accounted for 97 of the county’s cases, while those younger than 50 totaled 95, according to Crow Wing County officials. The age group seeing the largest number of new cases over the past week were those between the ages of 50 and 59.

Other area counties

Of surrounding counties, Cass saw the largest number of new cases in the past week with 13. Of those new positives, 11 were female ranging from ages 14 to 71, according to data provided by Cass County. Of all new cases in Cass, the median age was 37 years old.

Also seeing new cases were Morrison with seven, Todd with six, Mille Lacs with four, Aitkin with three and Wadena with three.

COVID-19 data as of July 31

  • Aitkin — 27 (+2 since July 27).

  • Cass — 54 (+11).

  • Crow Wing — 192 (+31), with 13 deaths.

  • Mille Lacs — 54 (+4), with two deaths.

  • Morrison — 81 (+2), with one death.

  • Todd — 413 (+2), with two deaths.

  • Wadena — 23 (+3).

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 — 1,024,916.

  • Total positive cases — 54,463.

  • Positive health care workers — 6,259.

  • Age range with greatest number of cases — 20-29 years old, with 23.7% of cases.

  • Currently hospitalized — 312, with 151 in intensive care.

  • Total cases requiring hospitalization — 5,155.

  • Total deaths — 1,600, with 40 probable deaths.

  • Deaths among those in long-term care or assisted living — 1,223.

  • No longer needing isolation — 47,289.

Compiled from Minnesota Department of Health data and county sources.

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