Houston County reports second COVID-19 death

CALEDONIA, Minn. (WKBT) — Houston County Thursday reported a second resident — a woman in her 80s — has died of COVID-19.

“Our hearts go out to all the loved ones and care givers affected by this tragic death, and all those suffering from this virus,” said the Houston County Public Health and Human Services Department in a statement.

Houston County Public Health & Human Services strongly urges all residents to take the threat of this virus seriously.

As noted by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, the spread of COVID-19 is growing throughout rural Minnesota and surrounding Midwestern states. As the season changes and people spend more time indoors, it is even more important to make active effort to avoid crowds, maintain social distance of at least 6 feet whenever possible, wear masks or other face coverings that cover the mouth and the nose, and practice frequent hand washing.

As of October 22, Houston County has had 186 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and more than 120 new cases in the last 2 months. Confirmed cases range in age from 7 to 98 years