The "good news," if you want to call it that, is Douglas County added only 39 new cases of COVID-19 in one day, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Health on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
That's the smallest one-day increase in the past 10 days, going back to Nov. 8-9 when 11 cases were added.
The bad news is that Douglas County added three more deaths, bringing the total to 21. One of the victims was between the ages of 90 and 94, while the ages of the other two deaths ranged from 95 to 99. The health department doesn't release more information about the deaths, citing patient privacy.
Douglas County's cumulative total of cases now totals 1,833, according to the Nov. 18 data. That's nearly twice as many cases as the 859 the county had at the beginning of the month and a jump of 499 cases in the last week.
Douglas County has 502 active COVID-19 cases as of Nov. 18, according to Horizon Public Health.
Nearby counties are also dealing with an increase in cases. Here are their totals compared to a week ago:
Grant 193 (147)
Otter Tail 2,197 (1,547)
Pope 406 (274)
Stearns 10,739 (8,661)
Stevens 379 (269)
Todd 1,502 (1,273)
To date, the virus has killed 128 people in the seven-county area that includes Douglas.
The surge in cases has prompted local and state health leaders to emphasize the best ways to stop the spread of the virus: wear a mask, practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from others, avoid large gatherings, wash hands often and stay home if you are not feeling well.
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