“It’s not a brain tickler. At most it makes your eyes water,” said Germaine Grueneberg after receiving a nasal swab to test for coronavirus.
She and approximately 870 other people were tested for coronavirus at the Mora United Methodist Church during the Minnesota Department of Health’s “no-barrier” COVID-19 testing Nov. 4-5.
This testing push is an attempt by the MDH to slow what Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm called “an alarming level of community spread.”
In Kanabec County, over 1-in-5 of new cases have had no known contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19.
Kanabec County Community Health Director Kathy Burski reported that most of the local coronavirus cases have occurred within small gatherings of friends and families.
“Across the country, the state and our county community spread is increasing. The highest positivity rates have been occurring outside of the metro area,” she said.
“As people start thinking about the holidays, the safest plan is to not gather with friends and family outside of your household.”
As of Nov. 6, the Kanabec County’s 14-day case rate per 10,000 population increased to 36.87 for the Oct. 11-Oct. 24 time period.
Total Kanabec cases hit 280, with 18 cases currently active/infectious.