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COVID-19 complications claim 11th Crow Wing County life

The state Thursday, June 18, released data for the first time breaking down the laboratory testing and case positivity rates by Minnesota county.

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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 Countyโ€™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 โ€” which surpassed other area counties in early May in terms of case numbers โ€” 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 โ€” such as Nobles and Mower โ€” are the sites of outbreaks at meat processing facilities. Nearly three-quarters of Toddโ€™s cases trace their origins to three packing plants in the county.


Wadena County was second among area counties in the rate of testing โ€” 66.87 per 1,000 โ€” 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 โ€” 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 โ€” 13 cases (+0 since the previous day); laboratory test rate of 43.97 per 1,000 residents; 2% positivity rate.

  • Cass โ€” 11 (+0), with two deaths; test rate, 47.64 per 1,000; 1.3% positive.

  • Crow Wing โ€” 92 (+0), with 11 deaths (+1); test rate, 60.12 per 1,000; 2.6% positive.

  • Mille Lacs โ€” 29 (+1), with one death; test rate, 44.25 per 1,000; 2.3% positive.

  • Morrison โ€” 54 (+0), with one death; test rate, 51.16 per 1,000; 3.7% positive.

  • Todd โ€” 386 (+5), with two deaths; test rate, 108.55 per 1,000; 15.3% positive.

  • Wadena โ€” 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 โ€” 475,152 (+14,273 since the previous day).

  • Total positive cases โ€” 32,031 (+362).

  • Positive health care workers โ€” 3,327 (+35).

  • Age ranges with greatest numbers of cases โ€” 30-39 years old, with 20.2% of cases; and 20-29 years old, with 19.2% of cases.

  • Currently hospitalized โ€” 339 (-6), with 168 (-3) in intensive care.

  • Total cases requiring hospitalization โ€” 3,748 (+30).

  • Total deaths โ€” 1,361 (+17).

  • Deaths among those in long-term care or assisted living โ€” 1,077 (+13).

  • No longer needing isolation โ€” 27,709 (+143).

Compiled from Minnesota Department of Health data and county sources.

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