Horizon Public Health COVID release

Horizon Public Health is reporting a continued upward trend and surge in COVID-19 cases. As of Thursday, October 7th, Douglas County has 281 active cases, Grant County has 32, Pope has 69, Stevens County has 35 and Traverse County has 24. This cumulative total is 3 times as many total cases in comparison to the 140 cases that were reported just over one month ago on August 26th. In its entirety, there have been 1300 cases reported since September 1st, 2021 in the Horizon communities.

What we know about the active cases:

  • The current average age of active cases is 38 years old, which continues to trend downward.
  • Hospitalizations and ICU admissions with confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to remain high, with the majority being unvaccinated.
  • Hospitalizations doubled from August 2021 to September 2021 across the Horizon communities. The average age of COVID-19 hospitalized patients is 50 years old.

COVID-19 Testing Information: Individuals showing any sign or symptom of COVID-19 should get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. Currently, our local healthcare systems are facing a high demand for COVID-19 testing as well as seeing other respiratory illnesses. In addition to contacting your local healthcare provider to schedule a test, you can also visit the Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID-19 testing site at www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/index.html for further information or to order a free COVID-19 saliva test kit.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information: Local providers are continuing to offer vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine has recently been authorized as a booster dose for certain populations. We encourage you to talk with your healthcare provider to see if you qualify. We also continue to encourage those who have not been vaccinated to get their appointment scheduled as soon as they can. High vaccination rates of our overall population will be what is necessary to help us get through this pandemic. For more information about vaccination locations in your community, visit www.horizonpublichealth.org or the Minnesota Department of Health’s vaccine connector (https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/find-vaccine/index.jsp).

What Can You Do:

  • Stay home when you are sick or not feeling well
  • Stay home and isolate for 10 days if you test positive for COVID-19
  • If you have been vaccinated and are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine during this time. You do, however, need to get tested in 3-5 days and wear a mask for 14 days. If you test negative, you no longer need to wear a mask.
  • If you have not been vaccinated and are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, get tested right away. If it is negative, wait 3-5 days from when you were last in close contact with the person with COVID-19. You should also stay home and quarantine for 14 days as you have the potential to develop symptoms and become infectious during this quarantine period.

Horizon Public Health continues to update the COVID-19 Statistics Dashboard weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This information can be found on the Horizon Public Health’s website at www.horizonpublichealth.org. If you have additional questions or need assistance, you can call the Horizon Public Health COVID-19 helpline at 800-450-4177 option 3, or visit our website at www.horizonpublichealth.org.