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State confirms Crow Wing’s 5th coronavirus death

A news release from Todd County stated its 1st recorded death, reported Thursday, June 4, is a resident in their 30s.

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A fifth Crow Wing County death associated with the illness caused by the novel coronavirus was reported Friday, June 5, by the Minnesota Department of Health.

This is the third death in the county reported this week. Additional information on the patient who died was unavailable Friday. Another four cases of COVID-19 among Crow Wing residents were confirmed Friday as well, bringing the county’s total to 80 reported cases. The state is reporting 81 cases for the county, but Crow Wing County Administrator Tim Houle said that case is known to be a data error and will be shifted to another county’s statistics.

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Of the 80 cases, 57 are among females and 23 are males, and ages range from 2 years old to 98. Twenty-five of the cases remain active, while 55 are no longer in isolation or are beyond the period reasonably expected for isolation. An additional long-term care facility resident was added to confirmations Friday, with 27 total cases.


Todd County saw its reported cases rise by eight to 344 total in the county after reporting its first death Thursday. The person who died in Todd County was a resident in their 30s, according to a news release.

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“Our condolences go out to the family and friends of this individual,” stated Jackie Och, Todd County Health and Human Services director, in the release. “This death reminds us how important it is to continue working to protect each other during this outbreak.”

Many of Todd County’s cases are associated with outbreaks at packing facilities, particularly Long Prairie Packing Co. County officials first confirmed an outbreak at the beef processing plant in late May, and noted all employees would be tested, with or without symptoms. The health department Friday reported 245 of the county’s cases are among employees of Long Prairie Packing Co., with an additional 24 employees of Dan’s Prize, a Hormel meat processing company with two locations in Todd County. This means 77.6% of Todd’s cases are associated with meatpacking operations.

Adding one case each Friday were Aitkin and Mille Lacs counties, while case numbers in Cass, Morrison and Wadena counties remained unchanged from the previous day.

Data as of June 5

  • Aitkin — 12.

  • Cass — 11, with two deaths.

  • Crow Wing — 80, with five deaths.

  • Mille Lacs — 24, with one death.

  • Morrison — 48.

  • Todd — 344, with one death.

  • Wadena — 10.

NOTE: These 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.



  • Number of tests — 322,340.

  • Total positive cases — 26,980.

  • Positive health care workers — 2,890.

  • Age range with greatest number of cases — 30-39 years old, with 20% of cases.

  • Currently hospitalized — 478, with 220 in intensive care.

  • Total cases requiring hospitalization — 3,289.

  • Total deaths — 1,148.

  • Deaths among those in long-term care or assisted living — 922.

  • No longer needing isolation — 21,864.

Compiled from Minnesota Department of Health data and county sources.

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CHELSEY PERKINS may be reached at 218-855-5874 or chelsey.perkins@brainerddispatch.com. Follow on Twitter at twitter.com/DispatchChelsey.
Chelsey Perkins is the community editor of the Brainerd Dispatch. A lakes area native, Perkins joined the Dispatch staff in 2014. She is the Crow Wing County government beat reporter and the producer and primary host of the "Brainerd Dispatch Minute" podcast.
Reach her at chelsey.perkins@brainerddispatch.com or at 218-855-5874 and find @DispatchChelsey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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