More hospitalizations, cases among those in 20s on rise in Crow Wing
Meanwhile, Morrison County saw a skilled nursing facility added to the Minnesota Department of Health’s list of congregate care centers with COVID-19 exposures.
Three more COVID-positive Crow Wing County residents were hospitalized and those between the ages of 20-29 now account for one-quarter of all confirmed cases.
These were among the notable changes in coronavirus data in north-central Minnesota this week. Of the 26 cases reported since Aug. 29, 15 were among those in their 20s, according to data provided by Crow Wing County. With the county’s total number of confirmed cases reaching 327 as of Friday, Sept. 4, the per capita case rate now exceeds 50 per 10,000 in Crow Wing.
Meanwhile, Morrison County saw a skilled nursing facility added to the Minnesota Department of Health’s list of congregate care centers with COVID-19 exposures. St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls is now on the list, which includes any facilities with at least one reported case in a resident, staff person or visiting provider. Those with 10 or fewer residents are not listed, and being listed does not mean the facility has ongoing transmission. St. Otto’s is a 93-bed facility founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, first opened in 1925.
A news release from Lakewood Health System on Monday reported a case in an employee of the care center, and the Wadena County facility is also now on the state’s list. Last week, the Edgewood senior living facility in Baxter was added to the list, along with Good Samaritan Society-Pine River. Phone calls to Edgewood seeking further information were not returned this week, but on Tuesday, Crow Wing County reported there was one case associated with the facility.
COVID-19 data as of Sept. 4
Aitkin — 55 (+4 since Tuesday, Sept. 1), with one death.
Cass — 105 (+0), with three deaths.
Crow Wing — 327 (+15), with 16 deaths.
Mille Lacs — 107 (+6), with three deaths.
Morrison — 125 (+6), with one death.
Todd — 452 (+1), with two deaths.
Wadena — 49 (+0).
NOTE: These numbers are cumulative since March 21 and many are out of isolation. The number of those no longer needing isolation is not reported on a county-level basis by the state.