Tuesday, May 19, Kanabec County Community Health and the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed the first COVID-19 related death of a Kanabec County resident. The resident was in their 60’s; no other details about the deceased have been released. 

“This is a sad day, as the pandemic has affected our community in a new way,” Kanabec County Community Health Director Kathy Burski stated in a release. “We hoped a COVID-related death would not occur in our community; but now that it has, our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of the individual.”

Kanabec County suggests the following resources for anyone to access who are feeling stressed, experiencing increased anxiety or depression, or are grieving the loss of a loved one:

  • Crisis Text Line: Text “MN” to 741741
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • MN Warm Line Peer Support: Call or Text 844-739-6369

Community Health officials again want to stressed that community transmission/spread is prevalent, and no one is immune from contracting COVID-19. 

To continue protecting yourself from contracting COVID-19, follow these guidelines:

  • Continue to follow the Governor’s Executive Order: https://mn.gov/governor/news/executiveorders.jsp 
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue or elbow, and throw the tissue away
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Take care of your physical and mental health

More Resources

MDH Hotline: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

Schools and Child Care Questions: 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Kanabec County COVID Hotline: 320-679-6417

Visit www.cdc.gov and www.health.state.mn.us for more information about COVID-19.

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