Itasca County Health Dept. Urges Caution As COVID-19 Cases Climb

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GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Cases of COVID-19 continue to climb daily in Itasca County, according to Kelly Chandler, department manager, Itasca County Public Health.

During a mass drive-thru testing event on Sept. 23 at the Itasca County Fairgrounds, 907 individuals were tested, 15 positive cases were identified, and three of those cases were asymptomatic.

As of Thursday, Oct. 1, the Public Health Department confirms 370 cases of COVID-19 with 16 deaths.

Most recently, the virus claimed the life of an Itasca County woman who was in her 50s.

Officials want the public to be reminded of how serious the virus is, and continue to be vigilant.

Many of the new cases have come as a result of large gatherings with family and friends, bars and restaurants, and through the workplace.

When it comes to education, district leaders are surprised at how well students are doing when it comes to masking and helping to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“It seems that with every week that goes on, the energy just gets better and better, and so I thought that’s been a fun thing to see. The students are adapting, and that’s what I love about kids. They’re the most adaptable beings out there,” said Heather Schjenken, Deer River Campus Life Coordinator.

According to Chandler, so far there has been no spread of the virus throughout school buildings in Itasca County.

Testing remains available through Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital, Essentia Health Deer River, Bigfork Valley, and Scenic Rivers Clinic.

Click here for more information from Itasca County Public Health Department.

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