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Stearns County Reports 106 New COVID Cases, 1,721 Statewide

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Then it's Two Rivers with 12.7% of all cases, Kiel at 9.8%, Valders at 3.9%, and Maribel at 3.7%.The only other municipalities above 2.5% are Mishicot at 3.1% and Cleveland who is at 3% of all cases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, patients with confirmed COVID-19 have mild to severe respiratory problems, with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath.

In a written statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Stephen Brown, B.C.'s deputy health minister, said there are now 2,009 active cases of the disease in B.C. with 4,637 people in self-isolation due to COVID-19 exposure.

Five COVID-19 outbreaks have been reported in the Lower Mainland as B.C. announced 223 new cases Friday.

Locally, Stearns County had 106 new cases, Sherburne County had 26 and Benton County had 25.

About 75 per cent of the province's active cases are clustered in the Fraser Health region, which makes up about 39 per cent of B.C.'s population.

111 people in Jackson County have been hospitalized with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, up from 10 at the beginning of July.

The number of people under public health monitoring after coming into close contact with an infected person continues to rise.

The region recorded an average positivity test rate over seven days of between four and five per cent, compared to a rate of less than two per cent everywhere else.

"As much as I am hesitant to do so - and we've seen this before - if there is a major source of transmission, additional measures can and will be put in place if they're needed", she said.

Meanwhile, a total of 116,693 patients have recovered, or are recovering, and no longer need isolation, according to MDH.

In the USA, more than 8.3 million cases have been reported and more than 222,000 people have died as of Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University data.