Kanabec County saw a jump in confirmed cases of COVID-19 this last week, particularly among the elderly; the number of those requiring hospitalization has also increased. As of Tuesday, Aug. 11, confirmed cases of COVID-19 are up to 35.
“What people should know is that the virus is circulating in our community,” said Kanabec County Community Health Director Kathy Burski. “When people continue to gather with people from outside of ‘normal’ contacts without being able to stay physically distant and without wearing a mask, the chances of more and more of our community members contracting COVID will continue to increase.”
Contact tracing continues
As new cases arise, health officials work attempt to track down where the virus has been and where it might be going through contact tracing.
If an infected person has a link to a congregate care, health care facility, school, etc., the investigation is handled by the Minnesota Department of Health.
Other local cases are investigated by Kanabec County Community Health staff.
The staff ask questions about where that person has been and who they have been in close contact with in an attempt to educate the exposed about if they should isolate themselves and what symptoms to look out for.