Itasca County update on Thursday: 113 cases

Itasca County update on Thursday: 113 cases

Updated: July 23, 2020 04:33 PM

Itasca County Public Health said they have had 113 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Ages range from 6-94. And the death total remains at 12.

On Thursday, long-term care and assisted living and nursing home leaders shared an update.

The Emeralds, which dealt with a COVID outbreak this spring, is now COVID free for 5 weeks, according to campus administrator Blake Dehnke.

"We'd like to thank the random people who sent us food. Thanks also to the emergency preparedness staff, helping us with supplies. We also thank our staff and residents, who were in the trenches dealing with everything, and still staying positive," Dehnke added.

He said the CDC has been to the facility, to collaborate and share best practices.

At Grand Village, they saw an increase in virtual visits, even with family from out of town, according to Kyle Hedlund, executive director.

Grand Itasca Foundation, with support from Blandin Foundation and Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation, has purchased “Itasca Strong” cloth masks, which are available at no cost to businesses throughout the county for their patrons.  Also available to businesses is signage that encourages and thanks patrons for wearing masks. 

Organizations that have made Itasca Strong masks available for patrons include: Bigfork City Hall, Timber Rose, Kocians, Bigfork Hardware, Marcell Frontier Sports, Effie Café, BP Gas Effie, BP Gas Nashwauk, Nashwauk Market, K&M Corner Store in Nashwauk, Judy Garland Museum, City of Warba, Itasca County Public Health, Itasca Community College, The Emeralds, Civil Air Patrol, Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Bigfork Valley, Sara-Beth Swanson Law Office, Minuteman Press, Rajala Companies and the MN Timber & Millwork Showroom, Ross Resources, Computer Enterprises, Northland Machine, Inc., Grand Rapids Gun Club, ICTV, Keewatin Elementary School, Super One Foods South, Super One Foods North, Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation, Super One Liquor, Reif Center, Second Harvest Food Bank, Itascan Motel, ElderCircle, Northland Recovery Women's Center, Grand Village, MacRostie Art Center, Zion Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids Marine, United Way of 1,000 Lakes, Wille Transport, Nuch's In the Corner.

Itasca Strong masks also are available to the general public at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce visitor center, which is open Wednesdays through Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at One Northwest Third Street in Grand Rapids.  The Chamber also has been designated to receive 22,000 disposable masks from the State of Minnesota in the next few weeks to distribute throughout the county.  More information will be available on these masks next week, reports Bud Stone, president of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce.

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