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COVID-19 cases spike in McLeod County in two weeks

The number of positive COVID-19 cases has more than doubled in the past 14 days, McLeod County Health and Human Services Director Berit Spores reported to county commissioners Tuesday, Nov. 17.
The number of positive cases reported in the county as of Tuesday morning was 1,430 cumulative cases. Spores reported 699 cases at the Nov. 3 commissioners meeting.
There are currently 24 McLeod County residents hospitalized because of COVID-19 and eight deaths have been reported.
Of the 1,430 reported cases to date, 1,039 or 73 percent are out of isolation.
The majority of the cases continue to be in Hutchinson and Glencoe with 36 and 31 percent respectively. Another 10 percent of the cases have been reported in Lester Prairie, 8 percent in Winsted, 5 percent in Brownton. Silver Lake has seen 4 percent of the reported cases, Plato is at 3 percent, Stewart at 2 percent. The remaining less than one percent hasn’t reported a location.
The number per 10,000 cases over a two-week period was reported at over 40 last week, which is the guideline schools use to determine learning models in county schools. Spores reported most schools in the county will move to distance learning by Thanksgiving break next week.

(For the complete story, see the Nov. 18 print edition of The Chronicle.)