Wright County Public Health has released its weekly COVID-19 dashboard and, for the third straight week, the county has shattered the existing highs for the number of confirmed cases as the surge in new contractions throughout Minnesota and the United States has hit close to home with community spread of the virus.
On the Oct. 29 weekly dashboard, Wright County Public Health reported a one-week high in new confirmed cases with 397. The Nov. 5 dashboard reported 626 new confirmed cases. The Nov. 12 dashboard saw 1,083 new cases. This week’s report includes 1,379 new confirmed cases, bringing the county’s total of cases to 5,819 – with 3,088 of those (53 percent) being reported in the last three weeks of the eight-month pandemic.
Increased testing can provide some of the reasoning why the number of confirmed cases has jumped, but the number of cases that have required hospitalizations nearly doubled the previous single-week high. A total of 248 Wright County residents have been hospitalized as the result of COVID, an increase of 43 from the previous week. The single-week high in new hospitalizations prior to this week was 22.
For the second straight week, six new patients requiring admission to an Intensive Care Unit rose by six, bringing the county total to 36, with one-third of those coming in the last two weeks.
There were also five deaths reported over the last week that were attributed to COVID-19. That brings the county total of deaths to 30, with 14 of those coming in the last two weeks.
To see the full Wright County Public Health dashboard, click here: https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/026d05fb250c47e08ceb0700bfcd00ee