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CRMC returns to visitor restrictions, cites 12.4% positivity rate

Cases among youths continue to be a significant factor in the rising case numbers in Crow Wing County, accelerating a trend observed as the school year began.

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Cuyuna Regional Medical Center serves about 30,000 people in the Brainerd lakes area, according to the medical provider. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch file photo

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center announced visitor restrictions and limited access to its facilities Tuesday, Sept. 28, based on Crow Wing County’s COVID-19 positivity rate.

In a news release, the health care system reported the positivity rate in the county is 12.4%. That percentage means of the Crow Wing County residents getting tested for COVID-19, 12.4% are returning positive results. The restrictions at CRMC’s facilities will extend for at least two weeks to protect patients, residents and staff, the release stated.

No visitors are being allowed in the clinics, surgery, obstetrics, emergency room or hospital. The only exception is for instances of compassionate care and those must be arranged, according to CRMC. Surgery patients are asked to bring a responsible individual with them to surgery, but no more than one at this time.

CRMC continues to allow one support individual/guardian for minors, for people who require extensive mobility support and for those needing support due to memory loss or impaired decision-making. For patients meeting one of these exceptions, those making the appointment are asked to communicate this at the time of scheduling. Everyone entering a facility will be required to wear a mask.

Visit cuyunamed.org or facebook.com/crosbycares for updates.

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CRMC joins Essentia Health and CentraCare in returning to visitor restrictions. Essentia Health announced the change Sept. 20 with CentraCare following suit Sept. 21.

Cases still increasing

Cases among youths continue to be a significant factor in the rising case numbers in Crow Wing County, accelerating a trend observed as the school year began.

Between Sept. 18-24, a total of 94 people under the age of 18 tested positive, accounting for 34.4% of the 273 cases recorded among county residents last week. That’s nearly double the number of children than those who tested positive a week earlier and represents the highest single-week total of cases among that age group in the county since the pandemic began.

The rate of new case reports in the north-central Minnesota region continues to accelerate, despite tentative signs of a slowdown in the state as a whole. The total number of new cases reported between Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties last week was 833, or 119 per day. Between Saturday and Tuesday, 549 new cases were recorded, or 137 per day.

On a per capita basis, new cases in Wadena County are growing the fastest. The 140 cases reported last week and so far this week equates to 102.3 per 10,000 residents. Todd County ranks second at 73.4 cases per 10,000, with Cass (70.2) and Crow Wing (69) not far behind.

Eight more Crow Wing County residents were hospitalized with COVID-19 last week and seven deaths were reported among five area counties, including three in Cass County — two people between the ages of 80-84 and one person age 65-69. The four others were residents ages 80-84 in Todd, Crow Wing and Aitkin counties and a person age 95-99 in Wadena County.

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