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No new cases of COVID-19 reported in St. Louis Co. for 7-days

ST. LOUIS CO., MN-- As of Friday no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in St. Louis County.

"Doing really well with the "Stay at Home" order and "Stay Safe MN", not going out a lot," said Amy Westbrook, Director of St. Louis County Public Health Division.

It's been a week since the county has seen a new case of the deadly virus.
The last confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported on May 29, leaving the current number of total cases at 119 with 14 deaths for the county.

"It's nice to see low numbers now but it doesn't change how we're preparing," said Westbrook.

Even though the decline is positive news, county health officials said we aren't out of the woods just yet. Westbrook adds, "As we move around more, as we interact more, there's going to be more potential for infection."

Westbrook said the county hasn't gone more than two days without a new case of the virus since it first appeared in the area March 21.

"We're not sure what we're going to see in another two or three weeks because we know things have opened up and we've seen a lot of large gatherings."

Westbrook warns since COVID-19 has an incubation period of 14-days and that the county and state as a whole could see a spike in cases in the coming weeks.

"We're happy to see our numbers low but we aren't anticipating it's going to go away completely. We know in a pandemic situation we are going to see peaks and valleys."

Westbrook added it's important for people to remember the virus is still active and to practice social distancing and wear proper PPE as businesses continue to reopen.

Jessie Slater

Evening Anchor and Reporter

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