COVID transmission reaches high level in Otter Tail County
Residents are asked to take precautions to avoid the spread of the disease.
WADENA — Reports of high levels of COVID-19 transmission were reported in Otter Tail County on Monday, Aug. 8.
A high level is a period where there is a high potential of healthcare system strain, and high level of severe illness.
In Wadena, Becker, Hubbard and Todd counties, the level is currently at a medium, according to the Centers for Disease Control. There are 6,893 people fully vaccinated in Wadena County, or 50.4% of the population. Meanwhile, 51.6% of Otter Tail, 55.3% of Becker, 48% of Hubbard and 43.5% of Todd County residents are fully vaccinated.
Hubbard County was at a high level of transmission the week prior, according to a news release from CHI St. Joseph's Health in Park Rapids. Recommended actions based on current medium levels are to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Get tested if you have symptoms. Wear a mask if you have symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19. Wear a mask on public transportation . You may choose to wear a mask at any time as an additional precaution to protect yourself and others. If you are at high risk for severe illness , consider wearing a mask indoors in public and taking additional precautions , according to the CDC.
Otter Tail County's high level includes a case rate of 270 cases per 100,000, with 159 total cases in the county. They also have a positivity rate of 17.27%.
Because of this recent rise in reported cases,
Otter Tail County Public Health
is reminding people about the importance of up-to-date vaccinations as the front-line strategy to protect from severe disease. In addition, early testing, following isolation and quarantine guidance as well as wearing masks indoors are additional steps that provide added protection. Other added protections may be appropriate for populations at higher risk.
At a state level, Minnesota saw 10,442 confirmed cases and 27 deaths in the week of August 5. Data is updated every Thursday.