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B-B-E zip codes post the number 12 in past week

August 19 MN Department of Health report shows 12 new COVID-19 local cases

 

August 19, 2021

The long wait for when the latest COVID-19 surge will arrive locally is over.

After posting just four new COVID-19 cases between the period of June 17 and August 11 this summer, the rural and city zip code areas of Brooten (56316), Belgrade (56312) and Elrosa (56325) have posted the number of 12 new cases between the seven-day period of August 12 (last Thursday) and yesterday, August 18. The number 12 in one week is the highest number since April of this year. These figures are from the Minnesota Department of Health.

This breaks down as follows:

Belgrade 56312: five new cases

Brooten 56316: seven new cases

Elrosa 56325: NO new cases.

The population living in these zip code areas is approximately 4,300 people. The Belgrade zip code has over 2,600 people; the Brooten zip code has almost 1,500 people; and the Elrosa zip code includes about 230 men, women and children. I'm most tuned in with the Brooten zip code, and from May 20 through August 12, this area has had just two new COVID-19 cases. Now the cumulative total for COVID-19 cases from January 2020 through today is 168 (about 11 percent).

For a little more perspective, from January 14 of this year through March 25 of this year, the Brooten zip code area posted a total of nine new cases. In that same time span, the zip code area of Belgrade posted 33 new cases. The local spring surge started in the final week of March and then sputtered out in the third week of May.

The May 20, 2021 MDH report showed 11 new cases in our B-B-E zip codes. That number plummeted to zero a week later in the May 27 report just as essentially all COVID-19 restrictions were removed from the powers-that-be. The May 13 report showed four new cases, the May 6 report showed five new cases, and the April 29 report showed 15 new cases.

Other new COVID-19 weekly B-B-E zip code case figures from last spring:

April 22: 12 new cases

April 15: 25 new cases (this marked our spring peak)

April 8: 10 new cases

April 1: 10 new cases

March 25: 2 new cases

March 18: 5 new cases

March 11: NO new cases

March 4: 5 new cases

February 25: 6 new cases

February 18: 4 new cases

February 11: 3 new cases

February 4: 6 new cases

January 28: 5 new cases.


Back to the present: below is the latest case count increase for the past week by zip code area:

Willmar 56201 - 57 new cases

Benson 56215 - 18 new cases

Kerkhoven 56252 - 1 new case

Morris 56267 - 7 new cases

Montevideo 56265 - 34 new cases

Murdock 56271 - 3 new cases

New London 56273 - 13 new cases

Pennock 56279 - 1 new case

Spicer 56288 - 13 new cases

Sunburg - 3 new cases

Alexandria 56308 - 50 new cases

Belgrade 56312 - 5 new cases

Brooten 56316 - 7 new cases

Elrosa 56325 - NO new cases

Glenwood 56334 - 20 new cases

Greenwald 56335 - 3 new cases

Melrose 56352 - 4 new cases

Osakis 56360 - 4 new cases

Paynesville 56362 - 11 new cases

St. Martin 56376 - NO new cases

Sauk Centre 56378 - 17 new cases

Starbuck 56381 - 6 new cases

Villard 56385 - NO new cases.

 

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