Otter Tail, Douglas Counties Report First COVID-19 Cases; Nine Deaths Total In Minnesota

The first confirmed cases of coronavirus in Otter Tail and Douglas counties were reported Sunday.

According to a news release issued by Otter Tail County Sunday morning, the Minnesota Department of Health notified the county of its first lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.

The adult patient was tested and is in isolation at home and is being monitored by the Minnesota Department of Health. The patient did have recent international travel.

Jody Lien, Otter Tail County Public Health Director, said, “While our first confirmed case in Otter Tail County is related to travel, we know there is community spread occurring in Minnesota. The virus is very likely circulating in our communities.”

Horizon Public Health has been notified by the Minnesota Department of Health of the first lab confirmed case of COVID-19 in Douglas County.

The patient was tested and is now in isolation at home and being monitored by MDH.

Ann Stehn, Public Health administrator for Horizon Public Health said, “We have suspected that COVID-19 has been circulating in our community, we now have that confirmed.”

The state Department of Health reported a total of 62 news cases Sunday, including four additional deaths from the virus. The new confirmed case count stands at 503.  Nine people have died.

The total death toll has nearly doubled since a fifth death was reported by state health officials Saturday.

The jump of 62 cases is the second-largest single day case increase since March 23 when 66 additional cases were confirmed by MDH.

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