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.
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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