Norman County Records 1st COVID Death & Record Cases Ahead of Busy Deer Hunting Weekend
By Mark Askelson firstname.lastname@example.org (11/4/20)
UPDATE: Norman County has recorded three more COVID-19 related deaths on Thursday in addition to their first death on Wednesday. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, one of those who died was between 75 and 79 years old, one was between 80 and 84 years old, and one was between 95 and 99 years old.
Ada, MN — Norman County has recently set a number of records related to the coronavirus, also just recorded its first COVID related death this week. According to the Minnesota Department of Health’s daily situation report released on Wednesday, the individual was between that ages of 80 and 84 years old. It did not specify if they resided in a long-term care facility or a private residence. Also, on Wednesday, Norman County set a new high for daily confirmed positive COVID cases with 12. Norman-Mahnomen Public Health Director Sarah Kjono added that in the month of October, Norman County had 105 confirmed cases, which is more than five times higher than the previous highest month, September, which had 19.
Kjono notes that the outbreaks have often been linked back to individuals in social settings who don’t know they have the virus, or don’t get tested because they believe their symptoms are from some other form of sickness.
Making matters more challenging for Norman-Mahnomen Public Health is that the pandemic is surging just ahead of what is normally two very busy weekends for rural communities as the deer season opens on Saturday. Kjono says while hunting in itself is a very safe activity, it gets dangerous when you have people from all different communities packing into bars, restaurants, and hunting shacks.
The Department of Health has released some guidance on how you can enjoy deer camp and still say safe, including sharing a stand with only those in your household, having hand sanitizer available at camp, keep your distance, and take advantage of this weekend’s nice weather and be outside as much as possible.
The Department of Health also adds that for those who are at high-risk for severe complications with COVID, they should consider taking the year off or at least skipping the deer camp activities.