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Itasca County update about COVID-19 cases

Itasca County Public Health said they have more than 60 cases of COVID-19. Itasca County Public Health said they have more than 60 cases of COVID-19. |  Photo: WDIO

Updated: June 02, 2020 11:26 AM

An update Tuesday from the public health department in Itasca County. They have seen an increase to more than 60 laboratory-confirmed tests and, sadly, an additional death of a female in her 80s, bringing area deaths to 10.

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“We continue to grieve with those who have lost loved ones to this virus, which fuels our commitment to keep our communities safe,” said Kelly Chandler, department manager for Itasca County Public Health.  “This, on top of the unrest, uncertainty and grief in Minnesota and across the country over the past week.  To move through this uncertain time and slowly return to a new normal, we need to stay connected and stay safe.”

As of June 1, the launch of Phase Two of the Stay Safe MN plan, Minnesotans have additional resources and amenities available, including: outdoor dining, personal services (including salons), campgrounds, charter boats, outdoor recreation, youth sports, places of worship.  All opportunities have specific precautions attached. 

“We will be able to continue to open our communities if we can commit to keeping each other safe,” said Chandler.  “As we slowly gather with friends and family, please continue to use precautions including wearing a mask in public spaces, use social distancing, wash your hands with soap and water, and cover your coughs and sneezes.  And, if you are experiencing symptoms or feel you have been exposed, please contact your health provider to get tested.  We can bring back the things we love and keep each other safe.”

Itasca County Public Health has been asked what data is available regarding COVID-19 recoveries, said Chandler.  “Minnesota Department of Health does not send us data related specifically to recovery, rather they look at persons no longer in need of isolation and determines this by looking at whether the person has had 10 days pass since symptom onset, has been fever free for three days without medication, and is improving without other symptoms and no longer in need of isolation.  Locally, we can look solely at test and symptom onset dates, not knowing if fever and other symptoms are improving.  With that, Itasca County has seen 35 to 40 persons no longer in need of isolation.”

Itasca County’s enhanced Call Center now provides live staffing Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 218-327-6784 for those with COVID-related issues and needs.
 

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