A new COVID-19 outbreak remains possible in Otter Tail County, home to a Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Pelican Rapids that recently announced it had identified two cases, but cases rose by just 2 to 23 in the lake country region Saturday, May 9, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
With the participation of Carris Health, the Hormel-owned turkey processor scheduled an opportunity in Pelican Rapids Thursday, May 7, for all 1,000 of its employees to become tested, and officials believed the results of those tests would be available Sunday, May 10.
Of the 21 cases reported Thursday, 12 no longer require isolation, Assistant Director of Otter Tail County Public Health Kristi Wentworth said in an email to the Focus.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health those who have symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home until all of the following are true, Wentworth said:
- You feel better with your cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms cleared.
- It has been 10 days since you first felt sick.
- You have had no fever for at least three days without using fever-reducing medicine.
Those who have questions should talk to their health care provider, Wentworth said.
Otter Tail County has launched a website that provides daily updates, Wentworth said: ottertailcountymn.us/content-page/covid-19-health-information/.
Forum News Service contributed to this report.
Otter Tail cases
- Otter Tail County’s first confirmed case was reported March 29. That patient did have recent international travel, according to a county news release at the time.
- The county’s second confirmed case was reported on April 5.
- A third case was announced April 9 on the Minnesota Department of Health website.
- That same day, April 9, Shearer’s Foods confirmed that an employee in its Perham manufacturing location had tested positive for COVID-19.
- The county’s fourth confirmed case was reported Saturday, April 11, by the Minnesota Department of Health.
- A fifth lab-confirmed case was reported April 17.
- A sixth case was noted April 19 on the Minnesota Department of Health website.
- Two more cases, seven and eight, were reported April 25.
- The ninth case was reported April 30.
- Five more cases of COVID-19 were reported May 1, on the Minnesota Department of Health county-level map, bringing the county total to 14 cases at the start of the month.
- The 15th, 16th and 17th positive COVID-19 cases were reported May 2 on the Minnesota Department of Health county-level map.
- No. 18 was reported May 4, and No. 19 on May 5.
- Two cases were reported May 7, bringing the total to 21 in the county. Of those, 12 were considered recovered, according to the ocunty.
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