Otter Tail County commissioners, via their livestream meeting Tuesday, June 2, praised county public health employees and others for keeping nursing homes and long-term care facilities free of COVID-19.

“Across the state the predominant cases of COVD-19 have been in long-term-care facilities, so we’re doing a lot of things right here in Otter Tail County,” said County Board Chairman Lee Rogness of Fergus Falls.

County Public Health Director Jody Lien said her department also works closely with assisted-living facilities.

“Credit goes to county public health and others who do their best to protect the elderly,” Rogness added.

Lien said that through June 2 the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Otter Tail County stood at 70.

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This is contrasted to 427 confirmed cases in nearby Clay County (Moorhead) and 319 cases in Todd County (Long Prairie).

Through June 2 there were 11 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wilkin County (Breckenridge), 4 in Grant County (Elbow Lake), 40 in Becker County (Detroit Lakes), 44 in Douglas County (Alexandria) and 10 in Wadena County.

Lien said early outreach and tracking of COVID-19 cases is critically important.

“Cases here in Otter Tail County range from children to people in their 80s,” Lien told county commissioners. “We continue to urge the wearing of masks and adhering to social distancing.”