Douglas County Stands Ready to Test Patients

Douglas County's Alomere Health stands ready to test patients who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.  Tests samples are send to the MN Dept of Health for analysis. 

(St. Paul, MN)  The Minnesota Department of Health has released the latest numbers regarding the coronavirus pandemic. 

MDH says not all cases of COVID-19 are tested, so this is not a representative of the total number of people in Minnesota who have or had COVID-19. The number of positive cases is the cases that were tested and returned positive. All data are preliminary and may change as cases are investigated.

Updated March 25, 2020

  • Positive: 287
  • Approximate number of completed tests from the MDH Public Health Lab: 6365
  • Approximate number of completed tests from external laboratories: 5110
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases requiring hospitalization: 35
    • Hospitalized as of today: 26
  • Patients who no longer need to be isolated: 122

As of Tuesday Douglas County had sent 39 tests in for analysis.  So far, 37 of the 39 have come back negative and Alomere is waiting on the remaining two.  Dr. Deb Dittberner says the turnaround for tests is now between 16-36 hours. 

Another interesting statistic comes from a company called Unacast.  They monitor people's movement.  According to their data, residents in Douglas County have reduced their movement about the county by 32% between February 28th and March 21st.  The online company's interactive "Social Distancing Scoreboard" gave Douglas County a B grade.  Pope County reported 51% less movement in that period, Grant 47%, Stevens 45%; garnering A grades.   

The breakdowns of the 33 Counties with a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 as of March 25th are as follows:

County / Cases

  • Hennepin (111), Ramsey ( 27), Dakota (21), Olmsted (21), Washington (13), Martin (10)
  • Carver (8) , Anoka (7), LeSueur, Mower, Scott(6), Blue Earth, Stearns, Steele (5)
  • Clay, Dodge, Fillmore, Nicollet, St. Louis, Wabasha, Wright (3), Chisago, Rice, Winona (2)
  • Benton, Big Stone, Cass, Goodhue, Jackson, Lac Qui Parle, Renville, Sherburne and Waseca (1)