Otter Tail County is up to 51 total confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, May 19; 18 of those cases no longer require isolation, according to the county health department.
One of the positive cases is the second at Shearer's manufacturing in Perham, according to a Monday, May 18, news release from Shearer's.
The second case of COVID-19 was confirmed six weeks after the first case at the location was reported April 9. That first Shearer's employee has recovered and is back to work at the location, according to the news release. The two cases are not related and no one else in the facility has been diagnosed with the virus, according to the release.
The latest employee diagnosed with COVID-19 did not come into contact with the product, and there is no food safety risk, according to the news release. The facility and equipment has also undergone deep cleaning based on CDC guidelines using EPA-approved register products for COVID-19, according to the release.
COVID-19 spread in Otter Tail County has affected people at all ages, according to the county.
“Otter Tail County confirmed cases for COVID-19 have ranged from teens to 60s," Otter Tail County Public Health Director Jody Lien said. "Cases are mostly related to community spread, via both known and unknown contact with a positive case."
According to Lien, the county does not have current data on hospitalization or ICU need for current lab-confirmed cases.
More information and assistance
- MDH COVID-19 hotline: 651-201-3920 or 800-657-3903. The hotline is available seven days a week, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
- School and child care hotline: 651-297-1304 or 800-657-3504
COVID-19 discrimination hotline: 833-454-0148
- MDH COVID-19 website: www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/situation.html
- Otter Tail County Public Health is available to answer general questions regarding COVID-19 at 218-998-8320 or 888-349-2581, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Otter Tail County COVID-19 Health Information: ottertailcountymn.us/content-page/covid-19-health-information/
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