Norman-Mahnomen Public Health Now Releasing More Detailed County COVID Data

Norman-Mahnomen Public Health Now Releasing More Detailed County COVID Data

October 27, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (10/27/20)

Ada, MN — Just like you can find on the Minnesota Department of Health website, Norman-Mahnomen Public Health is now releasing more detailed COVID-19 data and statistics for Norman County. Some of the cumulative data highlighted includes cases by month, 14-day case rates, positive cases by age, symptomatic versus asymptomatic cases, and cases by region. Sarah Kjono, Norman-Mahnomen Public Health Director, says its much easier to identify trends and protect privacy now that there is enough data to base them on.

Of interest of many people is where the COVID-19 positive cases are located, but according to the data presented by Norman-Mahnomen Public Health it is spread fairly evenly across the county. As of last week, 40% of the cases are located in the western third, 32% are located in central Norman County, and 28% are in eastern Norman County. Some of the data does not follow some of the trends seen across the state, however. Across the state, the highest percentage of cases are in those who tested positive are people in the 20s, but in Norman County, the highest age groups are those in their 50s and 60s. Kjono notes that’s likely due to the county’s demographics.

47% of cases were exposed to coronavirus through travel, and that includes to North Dakota, while 40% is community spread. Very little exposures have come in controlled settings such as long-term care, schools, and businesses who are strictly following COVID-19 guidelines. But even despite a statewide mask mandate, coronavirus cases are surging in both greater Minnesota and the metro. Norman County itself has reported more than 20 new cases since last week. Kjono says the transmission is occurring in spots that don’t have mask mandates or in those relaxed, social situations.

Also of interest from the county data, 85% of all cases were symptomatic. Norman-Mahnomen Public Health plans to release the data on a weekly basis via the county website and their Facebook page.