1,000 tested at Pelican Rapids turkey processor; 23 COVID-19 cases in Otter Tail County

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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.

1,000 tested at Pelican Rapids turkey processor; 23 COVID-19 cases in Otter Tail County 1

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.

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