At least 19 Crow Wing County residents were hospitalized because of COVID-19 since the last week of August, including a 38-year-old man admitted to intensive care.

Based on data provided by Crow Wing County Public Health as of Friday, Sept. 10, 19 new hospitalizations were recorded among county residents between Aug. 27 and Friday. That figure is likely higher as of Wednesday, based on data tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker on Tuesday, Crow Wing reported 13 hospital admissions during the previous seven days.

Local health care officials have reported the vast majority of those hospitalized because of severe impacts of the disease caused by the coronavirus are unvaccinated.

The deaths of three regional residents were reported in recent days as well, including one Cass County and one Mille Lacs County resident, both between the ages of 70-74, and a Crow Wing County man in his 80s.

New cases reported by the Minnesota Department of Health remain elevated in the north-central region. Crow Wing County reported its highest weekly total of new infections between Sept. 4-10 since the spring surge — 156 new cases, with this week on pace to match or exceed that figure. Cass County, with a population at less than half of Crow Wing County’s approximately 65,000 residents, nearly matched that figure with 142 cases reported last week. Cass’ pace appears to have slowed somewhat this week, with 49 new reports as of Tuesday. In Wadena County, however, new positives reported since Saturday already exceed those of a week earlier with three days remaining in the week.