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COVID-19 cases in Hamilton County now at 61

Spike in cases related to additional testing in Wright County, Kroona says

Hamilton County has 61 positive cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday night, up 15 from Wednesday’s count. Public Health officials said that increase reflects a surge in testing efforts in Wright County.

“It really is all in relationship to the additional testing,” said Shelby Kroona, Hamilton County Public Health administrator. “They are really being aggressive with testing.”

There have been pop-up testing clinics and health officials have returned to several of the food industry plants for another round of testing.

“And that does contribute to the increase in Hamilton County cases – people who live in Hamilton County, but work in Wright County,” she said.

To date there are 24 individuals who have recovered from the coronavirus and been released from isolation in Hamilton County. There have been no deaths related to COVID-19 in Hamilton County, Kroona said.

Across the state, 175,349 individuals have been tested, with 20,806 testing positive for COVID-19. A total of 12,427 have recovered and there have been 583 deaths.

With many additional businesses and facilities released to open around the state in the past week, Kroona encouraged area residents to continue the practice of social distancing and handwashing.

“I have to go back to my standard comment – we really need to remember to social distance when out and about, wash our hands and not touch our faces,” she said. “Wear a mask when out doing errands and activities when there are multiple people around.”

Kroona said that people need to remember that their contacts from the past two weeks go with them wherever they go.

“If you have an event with 10 people, if those 10 people have contact with 10 or 20 people over the last two weeks – all of those germs are at that event,” she said.

Kroona said contact tracing is continuing with those individuals who test positive. Some are asymptomatic – testing positive but not showing any symptoms. She said it’s important to identify those individuals because they don’t know they are ill and can spread the disease to others.

“We’re seeing a smattering of people with symptoms, mostly mild, but ranging from loss of taste and smell, headaches, body aches, coughs and more,” she said.

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