Crow Wing County Board Hears Public Health Updates, Applies for Road Improvements in February 9 Meeting
(BRAINERD, MN) — The Crow Wing County Board held a regular meeting on Tuesday, February 9. It was a relatively short meeting, with much of the time being devoted to public health.
Michele Mortitz, Crow Wing County’s Public Health Director, gave a presentation on the current state of COVID-19 locally. She first mentioned encouraging updates regarding the reopening of schools, but added that, while it is nice that we are in a better place than we were in November, such a situation could arise again if the population doesn’t stay vigilant.
She then discussed vaccinations, pointing out that roughly one third of county residents aged older than 65 years have received at least the first dose of a vaccine. About 1,700 people have received both doses, or 2% of the county’s population.
Other key notes from Mortiz’s presentation included her cautioning against vaccine scams and denying rumors that Essentia Health had been “hoarding” vaccine doses.
The board also heard a presentation from Rob Hall of the Highway Department. Hall proposed a resolution authorizing an application for LRIP (Local Road Improvement Program) funding to work on County Road 170, otherwise known as Mapleton road. The resolution was approved unanimously.
The full Crow Wing County Board meeting from February 9 can be viewed here.