NMPH: Suring COVID Spread Putting Strain on Local Communities
By Mark Askelson email@example.com (11/19/20)
Ada, MN — COVID cases are surging all across the Minnesota and it’s starting to make a considerable impact on rural Minnesota. In the first six months of the pandemic, Norman County saw just 65 cases, but in the last six weeks there has been 209 positive cases and the number continues to climb. Similar numbers can be seen in all the surrounding counties as well. Norman-Mahnomen Public Health Director Sarah Kjono says those numbers are alarming and it’s starting to put a strain on the local community.
Kjono adds that while the population density is considerably less here in rural northwest Minnesota, we also have less access to medical facilities and professionals.
Governor Walz announced on Wednesday evening the temporary closure of bars and restaurants for in-person dining for the next four weeks, along with a hold on gatherings such as weddings and events. While the Governor can’t stop people from still gathering on their own, Kjono pleads with community members not to do that and think about the bigger picture.
On Wednesday afternoon, Norman County recorded it’s sixth COVID-19 related death in the past two weeks.