Second COVID-19 case confirmed in Carlton County

Carlton County Public Health officials are unable to provide any details on how the person was infected or their condition.

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Carlton County has its second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 the Department of Public Health announced Wednesday, April 1.

Carlton County Public Health Public Information Officer Meghan Levitt said it was unclear if the second infection was related to the first announced case of COVID-19 in Carlton County that was found in an inmate at the state prison in Moose Lake.

“(Minnesota Department of Health) was very clear in saying that community transmission is widespread in Minnesota now, so it could have very well been someone in a different county,” Levitt said. “It’s not necessarily — we can’t give a yes or no if it was related to the first case at all.”

Levitt said MDH does all of the investigation related to COVID-19 cases and “local public health does not have a role” in the process.

There was no update on the condition of the infected person, according to Levitt. However, at a press conference Monday in Cloquet, Dr. Charles Kendall — director of medicine at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet — said the hospital is only testing those who are hospitalized with respiratory illnesses, health care workers with symptoms and residents of nursing homes.


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Jamey Malcomb has a been high school sports reporter for the Duluth News Tribune since October 2021. He spent the previous six years covering news and sports for the Lake County News-Chronicle in Two Harbors and the Cloquet Pine Journal. He graduated from the George Washington University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in history and literature and also holds a master's degree in secondary English education from George Mason University.
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