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 now recorded 5812 lab tests for the coronavirus.  262 people have been confirmed with COVID-19.  As of 11:00am Tuesday, March 24th there are 31 counties across Minnesota that have patients with positive tests.  Hennepin County had 14 new confirmations from a day ago.  One person died last week, 15 others are still hospitalized and 88 patients no longer need to be isolated.  

In Douglas County there have been 39 tests sent in for analysis.  So far, 37 of the 39 have come back negative and Alomere is waiting on the remaining two.  Dr. Deb Bittberner 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 county breakdowns are as follows:

County / Cases

  • Hennepin (103), Ramsey ( 26), Dakota (21), Olmsted (18), Washington (10),
  • Carver and Martin (8), Anoka (7), Mower (6), Blue Earth, LeSueur, Scott, Stearns, Steele (5),
  • Clay, Dodge, Fillmore, Nicollet, Wright (3), Chisago, Rice, St. Louis,  (2)
  • Benton, Big Stone, Cass, Jackson, Lac Qui Parle, Renville, Sherburne, Wabasha and Waseca (1)