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Fifth COVID-19 case in St. Louis County; Second in Bayfield County

Fifth COVID-19 case in St. Louis County; Second in Bayfield County Photo: ABC News

Updated: March 26, 2020 05:05 PM

The Minnesota Department of Health has reported fourth and fifth COVID-19 cases in St. Louis County, while the Bayfield County Health Department has reported a second case in its county.

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The new St. Louis County cases were listed in Thursday's daily update, which is based on test results from a day earlier.  No new counties in northeastern Minnesota were added to the list with cases on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the new Bayfield County case was spread in the local community because the second victim did not have a history of travel or contact with a known COVID-19 patient.

"We fully expect to see additional cases of the virus in the county but hope that our outreach and guidance is helping to convince county residents to say home to disrupt the spread of the virus. This is crucial to reducing the spread and flattening the curve," Sara Wartman, Bayfield County Public Health Officer, said in a news release.

There have also been four casees reported in Douglas County and one in Cass County.

Elsewhere, St. Louis County officials say the first case was a woman in her late 30s who is currently recovering at home. Her infection is linked to domestic travel, and not the result of community transmission. The woman was tested on March 18.

The county said it is believed she has had contact only with members of her immediate household, and they have been asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days from their exposure date and will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.

Minnesota had a total of 346 positive cases as of Thursday, up from 287 a day earlier.  Two people have died, both in Ramsey County.

MDH said there have been 41 cases requiring hospitalization in Minnesota and 31 remained hospitalized as of Thursday. 134 patients no longer need to be isolated.

Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 707 cases in the state on Thursday. Wisconsin has had eight deaths due to COVID-19 in Dane, Fond du Lac, Milwaukee, and Ozaukee counties.

Superior Mayor Jim Paine said in a Facebook post on Monday that the four cases in Douglas County are all associated with the first person confirmed.  He said four patients "are in isolation and doing well."

"People confirmed to have COVID-19 have visited a number of local businesses, including grocery stores. Public Health is identifying people that have been in contact with those known to have the virus and contacting them," Paine said.

Paine is encouraging people not to go shopping, adding, "we have to limit grocery store and pharmacy crowds as much as possible. Please only go shopping to purchase necessary supplies and use curbside pick up where possible." 

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