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Itasca Co. COVID cases continue to trend downward

GRAND RAPIDS, MN -- The good news for residents in Itasca is the positive COVID case turn around rate continues to trend downward, according to health experts.

The 14-day rate of positive cases per 10,000 residents stands at 39, that's down from its peak of 54 in mid-October.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), a 14-day case rate of 10 or lower would suggest a community has control of virus spread.

As of Tuesday, Oct. 26, the county has seen 758 total cases, with 174 identified in the past two weeks, 75 in the past seven days, and 22 in the past 24 hours (due largely to recent gatherings).

Nine Itasca residents currently are hospitalized, with one in an Intensive Care Unit.

“We are seeing positive signs, the first in a while. Still, we are not out of the woods,” said Kelly Chandler, department manager for Itasca County Public Health. “To get control of COVID, give our schools options and keep our businesses humming, it’s going to take every person doing their part. Keep six feet of distance from those outside of your household, mask up when indoors, and avoid gatherings. Create a social bubble for yourself and your family.”

GRAND RAPIDS, MN -- Itasca County reported its first reduction in COVID cases during its 14-day positive case rate since late August.

The rate was 52.4 positive cases per 10,000 people as of Oct. 12, dropping to 51.2 on Oct. 15.

“As winter races toward Itasca County, it is helpful to remember that this pandemic, like snow, thankfully will not last forever,” said Kelly Chandler, Itasca County Public Health department manager. “In the meantime, as we must move indoors, it is essential that we wear masks, keep six feet of distance, and avoid crowds. Our schools, our businesses and our family members are depending on every person to do their part.”

Itasca County's total cumulative positive COVID-19 cases stood at 685 on Monday, with 219 identified in the past 14 days and 100 in the past 7 days.

According to Minnesota Department of Health data, Itasca County and Beltrami County currently lead the region in 14-day trends (based on date of specimen collection).

For updated COVID-19 numbers per county, click here.

Itasca residents with questions or concerns can call the Itasca COVID line at 218-327-6784.

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