Stevens County had made it to being one of the last five counties in the state of Minnesota without a confirmed case of COVID-19. But now Horizon Public Health has been notified by the Minnesota Department of Health of the first lab confirmed case of COVID-19 in Stevens County. Case investigations and contact tracing will be performed by the Minnesota Department of Health. No further details about the case are being released at this time.
“We are seeing cases increase in our communities and across the state and now have confirmed cases of COVID-19 in all five of the counties we serve, including Stevens County,” said Ann Stehn, Public Health Administrator for Horizon. Public Health officials state that the recommended actions for the general public remain the same as we all work together to slow the spread of this virus, which includes practicing social distancing, not gathering in large groups, wearing face coverings in public to protect others, and limiting trips to essential items.
The Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline can answer health questions at 1-800-657-3903 seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Update: Only three counties in the state are left with no confirmed cases. Data released this morning by the Department of Health shows Pope County now has three confirmed cases, Grant with 1, Traverse and Big Stone with 2, Otter Tail with 21, Douglas with 14, Kandiyohi with 238 including one death, and Stearns County having a huge spike to 1,161 cases and 4 deaths.
Stevens County Commissioner Bob Kopitzke reminded people at their board meeting on Tuesday:
“The two at Traverse and two of the ones at Douglas were first time, they happened early,” he said. “So they’re pretty much on the recovery. We should report that, too, that we have people getting healthy.”
The number of statewide deaths from the coronavirus increased another 23 since yesterday, to 508, with 80 percent of those residents of long term care facilities. Positive cases in Minnesota have reached 9,365. There are 435 people hospitalized today with the virus, 182 of those in the ICU.