Beltrami County’s COVID-19 response team says seven new cases of the viral disease were reported over the weekend.
Six of those cases, according to a release, are related to a social group that visited several establishments in the area during the time they were contagious.
Two of the six reportedly experienced symptoms and the other four were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms at the time of testing.
The seventh new case does not have an identified link to this “social group.” Test results from additional close contacts are still pending.
There is a time lag between when the county receives notice of positive cases and when they are reported to the Minnesota Department of Health’s website. As of 10:04 a.m., MDH reported Beltrami County as having a cumulative positive case total of 30.
The local response team reminds everyone to wear a mask while in public.
Between 10 and 50 percent of virus carriers are asymptomatic, and local, state and federal public health officials say that wearing masks has been shown to lower COVID-19 spread.
Other reminders include staying six feet away from others, avoiding enclosed spaces with groups of people, cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hands and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.