The county's recovery rate now sits at 97%. Over 91,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Minnesota. Another 175 people recovered from COVID-19 over the weekend but the latest infections still brought the province's active caseload to 1,987 - up nearly 200 from Friday.
On Friday, the agency had posted guidelines suggesting the virus can transmit over a distance larger than six feet and that indoor ventilation is key to protection against its spread . So, for right now, we're back to the vaguer wording of the agency's previous guidance , in which it said, "The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person".
In interviews, CDC officials have also acknowledged growing evidence that the virus can sometimes spread on even smaller, aerosolized particles or droplets that spread over a wider area. The updated CDC page had also changed language around asymptomatic transmission, shifting from saying "some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus" to saying "people who are infected but do not show symptoms can spread the virus to others".
Peel Public Health reported 84 new cases and Ottawa reported 60 new cases. Especially considering that on Thursday and Friday, London and surrounding Middlesex County had recorded 24 new cases - the community's biggest two-day caseload spike since April.
It added there is "additional evidence" that droplets of air particles can be left in the air and inhaled by others - even traveling beyond 6 feet. The update also changed its views about asymptomatic transmission . "And the continuing changes causes mass confusion", said Leana Wen, a physician who formerly served as Baltimore's health commissioner and is a visiting professor of health policy and management at George Washington University.
However, reporting quickly emerged that CDC officials felt forced to accept the changes . "This is thought to be the main way the virus spreads". Including one released by the CDC earlier this month showing Americans with positive COVID-19 test results were twice as likely to eat at a restaurant or cafe than those who tested negative.