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22-Sep-2021

Body Found In Camper After Fire

The body of a man was found by firefighters who responded to a blaze at a camper in Itasca County. Authorities were called to the Little Winnie Resort at around 12:10 a.m. on report of a camper fire, with the caller expressing concern that someone was inside as there was a boat and truck near to the camper. Firefighters from Deer River extinguished the blaze, and then discovered the man's body inside the camper. He has not yet been identified, with his family members still being informed. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal.

22-Sep-2021

Covid-19 Update

Tuesday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 6,352 new cases and 18 newly reported deaths, 16 of them happening this month and one each backdated to August 2021 and December 2020. The numbers in today's report are higher than usual because it includes three days of combined data (Saturday-Monday).The state's death toll is 8,011 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 57.5% (4,607) were residents of long-term care. Through Sept. 20, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 791 (up from the 757 reported Monday). Of those hospitalized, 222 people are in intensive care and 569 were in general hospital care. Todd County is currently at 3,273 confirmed cases of covid-19 along with 34 deaths.

22-Sep-2021

Covid-19 Update

Wednesday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,642 new cases and 14 newly reported deaths, all 14 deaths happening this month.The state's death toll is 8,025 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 57.5% (4,610) were residents of long-term care. Through Sept. 21, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 794 (up from the 791 reported Tuesday). Of those hospitalized, 214 people are in intensive care and 580 were in general hospital care. The 1,642 positive results in Wednesday's update were from 33,541 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 4.89%. Todd County currently has 3.284 confirmed cases of covid-19 along with 34 deaths.

22-Sep-2021

Fatal Housefire

A 79-year-old woman is dead following a house fire in northwestern Minnesota. The Becker County Sheriff’s Office says the fire was reported Monday morning just north of Frazee. Deputies and fire officials responded, finding the house on 120th Street destroyed and a body in the wreckage. The body was transported to the Twin Cities, where the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Delores Mae Lubitz. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

22-Sep-2021

Minnesota Teens Pistol Whipped In South Dakota Bar

Three teenagers from Minnesota were beaten with a gun at a bar in Sioux Falls, which caused severe head injuries to one of the victims, police said. Sioux Falls police spokesman Sam Clemens said the assaults took place Sunday about 1 a.m. at an unnamed bar where two boys and a girl were threatened with a gun after an altercation with two men. The three were then beaten with the gun, Clemens said. The teens were transported to the hospital with injuries. The youngest teen, a 15-year-old boy, suffered serve head injuries that required staples. The other victims include a 16-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl. Their hometowns were not released. Clemens said police are not sure how the three underage teens got into the bar. The two suspects were not found.

14-Sep-2021

Covid-19 Update

Tuesday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 4,603 new cases and 12 newly reported deaths, 11 of which occurred this month.To be clear, updates on Tuesdays represent data from Friday, Saturday, Sunday and part of Monday, so the totals are inflated compared to single days of reporting.The state's death toll is 7,915 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 57.8% (4,567) were residents of long-term care. Through Sept. 13, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 748 (up from 678 reported Monday). Of those hospitalized, 208 people are in intensive care and 540 were in general hospital care. This now exceeds the highs seen during the spring surge, which maxed out at 202 patients in intensive care and 517 people in general hospital care. The 4,603 positive results in Tuesday's update were from 131,280 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 3.50% According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 7.36%. Todd County is currently at 3,164 confirmed cases of covid-19 along with 34 deaths.
14-Sep-2021

Dirt Bike Crash

A 54-year old man was seriously injured after he lost control of his dirt bike on Saturday. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, the report came in around 12:39 PM Saturday, September 11 of a serious dirt bike crash on the Sno-Way 1 Recreation Trail in Bungo Township, near Pine River and the Spider Lake Recreational Area. When deputies arrived on scene, the 54-year old man of Loretto, MN was located and emergency treatment and pain management was initiated. According to the release, the investigation found the male was riding northbound on the Snow-Way 1 trail when he lost control on a rocky and washed-out section of trail, causing him to crash. The victim was transported to a nearby landing zone and transported via helicopter to a Twin Cities area hospital for serious, but non-life threatening injuries according to the release.

14-Sep-2021

Shooting Victim Identified

Authorities have released more information on the shooting in Long Prairie Sunday. The Long Prairie Police Department says the victim has been identified as 33-year-old Antonio Francis Rodriguez Fortes of Perham. The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office says Fortes died of homicide due to multiple gunshot wounds. Long Prairie police says the two other individuals who were shot and injured during the incident remain hospitalized. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Long Prairie Police Department at 320-732-2156 or the Todd County Sheriff's Office at 320-732-2158.

13-Sep-2021

Covid-19 Update

With classes now fully in session for Minnesota students, health officials on Monday reported an additional 2,693 virus cases and 11 more deaths. According to the Minnesota Department of Health’s daily update, the state’s total positive cases have risen to 669,176 since the pandemic began, with 7,903 deaths attributed to the virus. Meanwhile, the latest positivity rate is still staying relatively steady at 6.7%. The positivity rate, which went as far down as 1.1% in late June, remains in the “caution” status; the line for high risk is drawn at 10%. Todd County is currently at 3,131 confirmed cases of covid-19 along with 34 deaths.


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What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus, which is a large family of viruses. Other coronavirus outbreaks include (SARS) in 2003 or MERS in 2012. COVID-19 is in the same family of viruses.
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others through respiratory droplets produced when they cough or sneeze. A person can have COVID-19 before experiencing symptoms. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest) and some spread might be possible before people show symptoms.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with confirmed COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath
The CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear two to 14 days after exposure.
What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your health care provider. For CentraCare, please call CentraCare Connect at 320-200-3200. DO NOT go to the ER or urgent care. Call first.
Who can be tested for COVID-19?
Symptoms are similar to other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza, so experiencing these symptoms alone does not necessarily mean you need to be tested for COVID-19. Additional criteria will help your health care provider decide if you should be tested, such as:
• If you have history of recent travel (within past 14 days) from an affected geographic area.
• If you had close contact with any person who is a lab-confirmed COVID-19 patient.
How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Who is at higher risk for getting COVID-19?
• Older adults
• People who have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease

What To Do if You Are Sick

Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick

Follow the steps below: If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have it, follow the steps below to help protect other people in your home and community.

man in bed
Stay home except to get medical care
  • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency.
  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
family separated
Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation
  • Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific “sick room” and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people.
    • Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people with the virus limit contact with animals until more information is known.
    • When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick with COVID-19. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.
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Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Call ahead: If you have a medical appointment, call your doctor’s office or emergency department, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.
man wearing a mask
Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
  • If you are caring for others: If the person who is sick is not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live in the home should stay in a different room. When caregivers enter the room of the sick person, they should wear a facemask. Visitors, other than caregivers, are not recommended.
woman covering their mouth when coughing
Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
  • Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
washing hands
Clean your hands often
  • Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
  • Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option, especially if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
don't share
Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Do not share: Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home.
  • Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water or put in the dishwasher.
cleaning a counter
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday

Clean high-touch surfaces in your isolation area (“sick room” and bathroom) every day; let a caregiver clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in other areas of the home.

  • Clean and disinfect: Routinely clean high-touch surfaces in your “sick room” and bathroom. Let someone else clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas, but not your bedroom and bathroom.
    • If a caregiver or other person needs to clean and disinfect a sick person’s bedroom or bathroom, they should do so on an as-needed basis. The caregiver/other person should wear a mask and wait as long as possible after the sick person has used the bathroom.

High-touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.

  • Clean and disinfect areas that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
  • Household cleaners and disinfectants: Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant.
    • Be sure to follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Many products recommend keeping the surface wet for several minutes to ensure germs are killed. Many also recommend precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
    • Most EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
taking temperature
Monitor your symptoms
  • Seek medical attention, but call first: Seek medical care right away if your illness is worsening (for example, if you have difficulty breathing).
    • Call your doctor before going in: Before going to the doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do.
  • Wear a facemask: If possible, put on a facemask before you enter the building. If you can’t put on a facemask, try to keep a safe distance from other people (at least 6 feet away). This will help protect the people in the office or waiting room.
  • Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department: Your local health authorities will give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the operator that you have or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before medical help arrives.

father playing with his son
How to discontinue home isolation
  • People with COVID-19 who have stayed home (home isolated) can stop home isolation under the following conditions:
    • If you will not have a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
      • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers)
        AND
      • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
        AND
      • at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared
    • If you will be tested to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
      • You no longer have a fever (without the use medicine that reduces fevers)
        AND
      • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
        AND
        you received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart. Your doctor will follow CDC guidelines.

 

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