The first case of COVID-19 in a Kanabec County child was documented the last week of June according to data from the Minnesota Department of Health and Kanabec County Community Health.

As of July 7, Kanabec County has had 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 12 of which no longer need to be isolated. Two patients have had to be hospitalized; one person has died. Patient ages range from 12-82.

Contact Tracing

Kanabec County Community Health Director Kathy Burski said the county’s contact tracing has been going well. Public Health workers reach out to COVID-19 patients and ask questions about where they have been, their symptoms and who they have come in contact with. Then, those who may have been exposed are contacted and educated about how the disease spreads and best practices for quarantine or isolation. 

Burski said, “The people we have contacted generally have already communicated to anyone they would have had exposure to. They have readily provided us with information.”

Burski also praised Welia Health for their work in educating patients.

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