Cass County confirms their first COVID-19 case

The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed a case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Cass County.

According to a release, the patient is an older Cass County resident with no known travel history.

The patient developed symptoms on March 9 and sought health care treatment on March 19.

MDH informed Cass County of the confirmed case Saturday evening.

“The resident is currently isolated at home,” said Jeri Seegmiller, County Team Leader with Cass County Health, Human and Veteran Services.

“People identified positive will be asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days from their exposure date and should monitor for worsening symptoms.”

Cass County Board Chair Neal Gaalswyk shared his support and concern for the affected individual and emphasized the importance of partnerships.

“Cass County is fortunate to have strong public health and emergency preparedness teams working to keep our residents safe and healthy,” said Gaalswyk.

“By working collaboratively with local, state, and national agencies, we’ll be better able to monitor and contain this outbreak. I know this is hard news and may cause some folks to become anxious. We will get through this and Cass County will remain a great place to live.”

Since the outbreak was first reported in December 2019, more than 266,073 cases and 11,184 deaths have been reported in countries around the world.

That total includes more than 15,219 U.S. cases and 201 deaths as of Friday, March 20, per the Centers of Disease Control.

To date in Minnesota, there have been 169 confirmed cases with one death. Twenty-eight of Minnesota’s 87 counties have at least one case. As of this morning, 4,680 samples have been tested at MDH laboratories.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa is also an active member with the Bemidji Jaycees, a leadership development through community service organization for adults 18 to 40. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her growing family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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