New COVID-19 cases rise again in most of region
Todd County saw the biggest spike, both in terms of raw numbers as well as per capita with a total of 180 new cases, up from 107 the week before. Morrison County increased by 66 cases week over week, from 162 to 228, while Crow Wing’s 303 cases was 40 more than the 263 recorded last week.
After a sharp downturn in new COVID-19 cases last week, five of seven north-central Minnesota counties saw their numbers tick upward once again as hospitalizations and deaths — including five in Crow Wing County and a Morrison County resident in their late 40s — remained at elevated levels.
Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties all experienced higher numbers of new cases between Oct. 23 and Friday, Oct. 29, than those recorded Oct. 16-22, a reversal of the trend seen over the previous two weeks.
Todd County saw the biggest spike, both in terms of raw numbers as well as per capita with a total of 180 new cases, up from 107 the week before. Morrison County increased by 66 cases week over week, from 162 to 228, while Crow Wing’s 303 cases was 40 more than the 263 recorded last week. Wadena’s count increased by 18 to 100 cases this week, and Mille Lacs saw a seven-case bump from 134 to 141. Only Cass and Aitkin counties experienced declines in cases, with Cass registering 107 compared to 126 and Aitkin counting 53 this week to 56 last week.
In Crow Wing County, the Minnesota Department of Health reported 11 more county residents required hospitalization, bringing the pandemic-to-date total to 500 residents hospitalized. This accounts for 5.1% of all reported COVID-19 cases in the county.
The intensive care unit at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd continues to operate in an expanded capacity, albeit with fewer patients than in recent weeks. An Essentia Health spokesperson confirmed Friday a total of eight ICU patients, five of whom are COVID-positive. Four of those patients are unvaccinated, and one is partially vaccinated, Essentia Health reported.
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby reported it admitted 32 patients between Oct. 22 and Friday, with six of those patients suffering from COVID-19. Four of the six were unvaccinated, according to CRMC.
The state health department reported the deaths of 12 north-central Minnesota residents this week: five Crow Wing County residents ages 50-54, 70-74, 75-79, another person in their 70s and one in their 80s; Morrison County residents ages 45-49, 55-59 and 85-89; Cass County residents ages 70-74 and 75-79, and an Aitkin County resident age 75-79.