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Crow Wing COVID-19 cases rise to 16

Also over the weekend, two cases were reported in neighboring Todd County for the first time, and a fourth case has been reported in Cass County.

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Three more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Sunday, April 12, in Crow Wing County residents, bringing the total to 16.

Crow Wing County was able to provide data on one of the new cases, but information on the other two was unavailable Sunday. Among the 14 cases for which data is available, 10 are men and four are women in the age range of 20s to 80s. Four of the patients have required hospitalization, two of those in an intensive care unit. Five patients no longer need to be isolated. One patient is a health care worker and one lives in a congregate living setting.

One Crow Wing case is known to be travel-related and three cases were known to have contact with someone with a lab-confirmed positive for COVID-19.

Also over the weekend, two cases were reported in neighboring Todd County for the first time, and a fourth case has been reported in Cass County.

State health officials have repeatedly warned confirmed cases are likely a significant undercount of actual COVID-19 cases circulating in the state, and noted residents should assume the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus is circulating in all Minnesota communities.

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Symptoms, recommendations and resources

In a majority of cases, COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover. Health officials recommend individuals and families make a plan in case someone gets sick. They also suggest following the same steps for avoiding the flu:

  • Stay home and away from others if sick.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow or a tissue.

  • Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds with soap and water.

  • Avoid touching the face.

The Minnesota Department of Health has set up COVID-19 hotlines available every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

  • School and childcare questions: 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504.

  • Health questions: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903.

Visit cdc.gov and health.state.mn.us for more information about COVID-19.

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