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St. Louis County will provide specific rates for Duluth area, Range schools

Updated: August 04, 2020 08:33 PM

St. Louis County public health will be providing schools more specific case rate information, to help them plan for learning.

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Amy Westbrook, division director for public health, told the county board on Tuesday, "We'll be doing a rate for the Duluth/Hermantown/Proctor area, and one for greater St. Louis County. We recognize St. Louis County is big, and providing one rate is not helpful to anyone."

The county rate right now, per the Department of Health's most recent data, is 5.5. Schools have been given the guidance that they can return to the classroom as long as the case rate is under 10.

She also told commissioners that the two-day testing event results are in. Out of 1703 people swabbed, only four were positive. There are 31 still pending.

Westbrook said since the pandemic, they've had 454 cases and 19 deaths. Five people are hospitalized right now. 58% of the cases have tested positive in July.

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