Earlier this week, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) tied 29 Minnesota restaurants to outbreaks of COVID-19, including Howard Lake American Legion Post 145.
MDH considers an outbreak to be where at least seven people who tested positive for COVID-19 said they only visited that one establishment, which is the primary factor MDH uses to determine whether the transmission of the virus was likely to have occurred inside the restaurant itself.
A total of 11 people who tested positive for the coronavirus said they visited the Howard Lake American Legion Post and eight of those said it was the only establishment they visited.
Restaurants and bars have been cited for outbreaks of COVID-19 over the last two months since the Minnesota “Stay at Home” order was lifted. The most cases linked to one establishment in the state was Rounders in Mankato with 118, followed by The Pickled Loon in St. Cloud with 117. Of the 29 establishments identified by MDH, the Howard Lake American Legion building had least number of total cases reported and the fewest number of people saying it was the only establishment they entered.
In a related matter, Wright County Public Health posted the following statement on its Facebook page:
“Wright County Public Health officials have confirmed that, on Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Health reported that 11 COVID-19 cases were linked to American Legion Post 145 in Howard Lake. In the last three weeks, 54 Wright County residents diagnosed with COVID-19 reported visiting a bar or restaurant for dine-in services during their exposure period or while infectious. If you choose to visit any public establishment, please follow COVID-19 mitigation practices including masking, social distancing, and staying home if you are sick.”