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Third COVID-19 death reported in Wadena County

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The third COVID-19 death in Wadena County was reported by the Minnesota Department of Health on Friday, Oct. 23. The person is in the 60-64 years old age range, according to MDH.

The first two deaths were reported the two days before, Oct. 21 and 22, with people in the at least 100 years old and 95-99 years old age range, according to MDH.

"Wadena County Public Health is saddened to report that there have been three COVID related deaths in the past week in Wadena County," Wadena County Public Health Director Cindy Pederson said in an email. "We are also seeing a surge in cases as is true in many rural areas."

The cases are spread throughout the age spans and throughout the county. Predominate exposure sources listed include community unknown, congregate care and community known.

Otter Tail County had one additional COVID-19 loss on Oct. 23 with the person in the 65-69 years old range for a county total of 7. There were 13 newly reported deaths statewide on Oct. 23 and 15 on Oct. 27 with a total of 2,368, according to MDH. Hubbard County had one additional COVID-19 loss on Oct. 27 in the 85-89 years old range for a county total of 3. Todd County had a COVID-19 loss on Oct. 26 with the person in the 70-74 years old range amongst four people in the state who passed away in long-term care facilities on that day, according to MDH.


In area counties, positive COVID-19 cases are increasing; from Oct. 9-23 Becker County had 179 new cases, Hubbard 177, Otter Tail 255, Todd 200 and Wadena 104. As of Oct. 27, Becker County has 588 positive cumulative cases, Hubbard 410, Otter Tail 901, Todd 865 and Wadena 255, according to MDH.

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