Otter Tail County has a reported 25 COVID-19 cases Monday, May 11, on the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 county map.

That's up four cases in the county since Thursday, May 7. Of the 21 cases reported as of last week, 12 no longer require isolation, Assistant Director of Otter Tail County Public Health Kristi Wentworth said in an email to the Focus.

Officials worry a new COVID-19 outbreak remains possible in the county, home to a Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Pelican Rapids that recently announced it had identified two cases, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

With the participation of Carris Health, the Hormel-owned turkey processor scheduled an opportunity in Pelican Rapids Thursday, May 7, for all 1,000 of its employees to become tested, and officials believed the results of those tests would be available Sunday, May 10.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health those who have symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home until all of the following are true, Wentworth said:

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  • You feel better with your cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms cleared.
  • It has been 10 days since you first felt sick.
  • You have had no fever for at least three days without using fever-reducing medicine.

Those who have questions should talk to their health care provider, Wentworth said.

Otter Tail County has launched a website that provides daily updates, Wentworth said: ottertailcountymn.us/content-page/covid-19-health-information/.

Forum News Service contributed to this report.

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