By Danielle Ustruck firstname.lastname@example.org (8/1/2020)
CROW WING COUNTY - When the month of July began, 102 residents had tested positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus.
As of Friday, July 31, that cumulative figure had nearly doubled, with 90 new cases in the month, 40 of which came in the last seven days. The death of a 13th county resident was reported this week as well — a 95-year-old woman who died July 23. Including the 13 residents who’ve died, 150 of those who’ve tested positive are no longer in isolation or are beyond the expected period of isolation.
Crow Wing County Administrator Tim Houle said results are currently delayed by five to seven days, meaning tests taken about a week ago are just now showing up in the statistics.
“It had shortened but I think when we expanded testing without expanding lab capacity, we created a delay in results,” Houle wrote in an email.
Meanwhile, Crow Wing County’s cumulative positive case rate inched up as well this week, from 2.3% to 2.5%. It dropped to 2.1% mid-month before increasing over the latter half of July. A total of 1,025 completed tests in Crow Wing County were reported July 23-29, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. This was the highest weekly total of the month, more than three times the number of tests completed in the first week of July.