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Brown County COVID-19 cases climb

BROWN COUNTY — COVID-19 cases in Brown County jumped 15 cases in the last week, to 78 on Thursday, July 30, according to Brown County Public Health’s latest update.

Two new laboratory-confirmed cases were reported in Brown County on Thursday. One person was in their 60s, the other in their 40s. Both people are recovering at home, according to the update. There were 63 Brown County cases on Thursday, July 23.

Brown County has eight total COVID-19 hospitalizations and nine active cases in isolation, as of July 30. Sixty-seven of the 78 cases have recovered. There have been two COVID-19 related deaths in Brown County.

“We’re averaging two to four new cases a day,” said Brown County Public Health Supervisor Jaimee Brand. “As we continue to open back up, we continue to see larger gatherings like weddings and funerals, people spending more time with family, that sort of thing. We anticipate this continuing as things continue to open back up.”

Brand said she didn’t think people were doing anything wrong but that they must do all three things — social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“In Minnesota, the 20-29 year old age range accounts for the largest number of cases,” Brown County Public Health reported.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study showed that previously healthy, young adults have had a difficult time recovering from COVID-19.

“We all need to do our part in slowing the spread and taking care of those around us that are most vulnerable,” read the update. “Wear a face covering when in public. Social distance at least six feet and wash your hands.”

Relatively little is known about the clinical course of COVID-19 and return to baseline health for persons with milder, outpatient illness, the report read.

In a multistate phone survey of symptomatic adults who had a positive, outpatient test results for COVID infection, 35% had not returned to their usual state of health when interviewed 2-3 weeks after testing.

Among persons age 18-34 without chronic medical conditions, one in five had not returned to their usual state of health.

For more information, follow Brown County Public Health for on Facebook and visit www.co.brown.mn.us/public-health-home.

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.

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