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Update: Second COVID-19 case confirmed in Douglas County

The Minnesota Department of Health announced Sunday the confirmation of another 143 COVID-19 cases — including a second case in Douglas County — for a new total of 2,356 cases in the state.

Counties of residence of these new cases: Hennepin (52), Nobles (23), Ramsey (4), Olmsted (17), Clay (7), Winona (4), Dakota (3), Freeborn (3), Anoka (8), Carlton (2), Crow Wing (2), Norman (2), Rice (2), Scott (2), Wright (2), Dodge (1), Douglas (1), Marshall (1), Morrison (1), Polk (1), Sherburne (1), Mower (1), Otter Tail (1), St. Louis (2), Washington (2), Wilkin (1).

The Echo Press contacted the Minnesota Department of Health for more information about the latest case in Douglas County but no details were available at this time. Douglas County first COVID-19 case was reported on March 6. The patient was recovering in isolation at home and was being monitored by the Minnesota Department of Health.

News that the virus had been confirmed in Douglas County did not surprise local health leaders. They believe the virus is and has been circulating in the area for quite some time.

“We are urging our community to remember that with limited testing, case numbers can be deceiving,” noted Ann Stehn, administrator for Horizon Public Health of Douglas County. “We continue to encourage social distancing, using good hand hygiene, staying home except for essential needs and following the stay-at-home order.”


Stehn added that face coverings are starting to show up in Douglas County's public places now, which she said is a sign of the community's strength in battling the pandemic.

"People started working on this early in Alexandria and it shows!" Stehn said. "Face coverings provide what we are referring to as source control. This means you are protecting the people around you by wearing one. We encourage everyone to participate in this as it will help to protect our community and slow the spread.”

The Minnesota Department of Health is doing case monitoring and contact investigations for the state, Stehn said. Anyone who would be considered a close contact in any case investigation will be contacted with further instructions.

"As always, going to the MDH/CDC websites and our Horizon website are good places for information," she added.

A total of 574 COVID-19 cases have been hospitalized in Minnesota to date. Currently 228 cases are hospitalized, with 116 in intensive care.

Sunday's update includes another 13 COVID-19 deaths, for a new statewide total of 134. The age range and county of residence of today's announced deaths is as follows:

  • Dakota County resident in their 60s
  • Five Hennepin County residents in their 90s
  • Hennepin County resident in their 80s
  • Mille Lacs County resident in their 60s
  • Olmsted County resident in their 60s
  • St. Louis County resident in their 70s
  • Washington County resident in their 80s
  • Winona County resident in their 80s
  • Winona County resident in their 100s

There were 10 deaths in long-term facility care residents.
The Minnesota Department of Health provided the following information about COVID-19.

If you are sick

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, or diarrhea.


These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after you are exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.

What to do if you are sick

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and you can manage them at home, you do not need to go to the doctor or get tested. You should:

  • Stay home.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items like dishes, towels, bedding, etc.
  • Clean surfaces that you touch often.

When to seek medical attention

If your illness is getting worse or you notice any of these emergency warning signs, call your health care provider right away. Emergency warning signs can include:

  • Trouble breathing.
  • Ongoing pain or pressure in the chest.
  • New confusion or not being able to wake up.
  • Bluish lips or face.

Call your doctor or clinic before going in. Tell them about your symptoms and they will give you instructions to help protect you and other patients.
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Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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