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St. Louis County reports its tenth case of COVID-19

Mar 30, 2020 05:55AM ● By Editor
From WDIO-TV - March 29, 2020

St. Louis County reported it's tenth case of COVID-19 Sunday. The total of confirmed cases in Minnesota is now 503.

The county says one of the patients is a woman in her early 60's. She is currently hospitalized for treatment. The other individuals - two men and two women, all in their 20's and 30's are recovering at home. At least one of those cases is linked to an earlier confirmed case.

"We are seeing confirmed cases in both urban and rural parts of St. Louis County," Amy Westbrook, St. Louis County Public Health Division Director said. "We continue to assume there are more cases here than what is confirmed due to limited testing. This is also our first instance of a person having serious enough symptoms to require hospitalization, and we wish her all the best for a full recovery."

Statewide, the Minnesota Department of Health says there have been a total of nine deaths, including four on Sunday. 

MDH says three of the four deaths announced on Sunday come from Hennepin County and one from Martin County. 

The total number of cases reported so far in the WDIO viewing area:

  • Bayfield County, WI: 2 cases (1 involving community spread), none fatal
  • Beltrami County, MN: 2 cases, not fatal
  • Cass County, MN: 1 case, not fatal
  • Douglas County, WI: 8 cases (5 confirmed and 3 presumed), none fatal
  • Gogebic County, MI: 1 fatal case
  • Iron County, WI: 1 fatal case
  • St. Louis County, MN: 10 cases, none fatal

The total number of cases reported by state health officials:

  • Minnesota: 503 cases, 9 fatalities (Saturday totals released Sunday)
  • Wisconsin: 1112 cases, 13 fatalities (Friday totals released Saturday)
  • Michigan: 5,486 cases, 132 fatalities (Friday totals)

Douglas County, Wis., Public Health reported four additional cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of confirmed and presumptive cases in the county to eight.

The department said five of the cases have been laboratory confirmed. The other three cases are in family members of a confirmed COVID-19 patient, and the department said the three are presumed to have the disease because they are symptomatic.

The department said all of the patients are isolated at home and doing well, and officials are monitoring dozens of close contacts for symptoms.

Cases have also been reported in Bayfield and Iron counties in Wisconsin, Beltrami, Cass, and St. Louis counties in Minnesota, and Gogebic County, Michigan. (See below for a summary.) Beltrami County was added to the list on Friday.

The Iron and Gogebic county cases were fatalities reported on Thursday night.  In each county, officials had not previously reported any confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

Iron County authorities did not release any information about the deceased's age or where they contracted the virus. The sheriff's department reported the death on Facebook on Thursday evening, saying that any other information will be released by the county health department.

Iron County Sheriff Paul Samardich wrote in the Facebook post, "Our thoughts and concerns go out to the family and the community."

Meanwhile, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department reported late Thursday that a Gogebic County man has died of COVID-19. The department said the victim is an elderly male who had underlying health conditions.

On Thursday, Bayfield County reported that its second case of COVID-19 came as a result of spread in the community, rather than travel or direct contact with another COVID-19 patient.

To read the original article and see related reporting, follow tis link to the WDIO-TV.

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