NMPH: Shutdown May Not Be in the Cards Yet, But Minnesotans Must Do Part to Protect Each Other

NMPH: Shutdown May Not Be in the Cards Yet, But Minnesotans Must Do Part to Protect Each Other

November 9, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (11/9/20)

Ada, MN — As the state of Minnesota continues to set daily records for confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and many schools are making switches to distance learning, Minnesota businesses are fearing Governor Walz may trigger another shutdown. However, for the time being another Stay At Home Order doesn’t appear to be in the cards, according to Norman-Mahnomen Public Health Director Sarah Kjono, but she adds we need to come together to do our part to save lives.

Schools and Long-Term Care Facilities face the biggest ramifications from the increase in coronavirus cases. Kjono says they are facing a number of issues, including increased testing, visitation restrictions, and staffing shortages.

Norman-Mahnomen Public Health recently release their latest weekly update for Norman County on Friday afternoon. According to their data there have been approximately 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate living facilities in the county.  Overall, there were 107 confirmed cases in the month of October. To put that into perspective, there was only 65 cases during the first six months of the pandemic. As of Friday, Norman County has reported four deaths and six hospitalization and there were 55 active cases.