|10/8/2020 1:50:00 PM|
County Board gets COVID-19 update and medical van purchase approved
The Chisago County Public Health department is hearing that a lot of people are running into delays and obstacles in getting tested for COVID-19. The county hears you and is working on it.
Courtney Wehrenberg told county commissioners October 7 that staff is learning people are making appointments 12 days-out for coronavirus tests. In addition to this concern, the county public health department is developing more contact tracers, on top of trying to coordinate options for local testing services.
Acquisition of a mobile medical vehicle was also authorized by the county commissioners. While no specific utilization of the Mercedes Sprinter 2500 van was presented to the County Board, the vehicle will meet public health needs as a mobile command unit and be suitable for medical situations in the field. The specially modified van will be paid for using federal CARES Act funds of $164,910. It is being outfitted in St. Cloud for speedy delivery.
Chisago County had two COVID-19 attributed deaths as of Oct 7. Of concern, Wehrenberg remarked, are 125 new positives here within one week’s time.
In a recent state report on COVID-19 cases, the two largest cities in Chisago County also have the largest case counts. North Branch zip code contained 142 cases, which is nearly double the Lindstrom case count at 74. Wyoming had 122 cases. Forest Lake was at 291.