Minneapolis (WCCO) —For ninth grader Michael Barry, it is as simple as playing video games with friends this summer, so he got a positive result for COVID-19 on August 6.
“After a week, I started to have a sore throat and some symptoms,” Barry said. “I’m really tired, I’m super tired during the day, and I have a headache when I get up.”
His symptoms were quite mild and ended in about a week. Although Barry was relegated to the basement, the rest of his family eventually became ill, albeit with mild symptoms.
But with the reopening of schools and the green light for sports, the young people of the Minnesota Department of Health are most worried about the chain reaction it may cause. Kris Ehresmann is the head of infectious diseases in the department.
“We are very concerned about the level of transmission we are seeing. It will not be too long before we make a difficult decision.”
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Since the start of the fall semester at Minnesota State University, 670 students and 49 campus employees have tested positive.
Winana State University, Mankato State University and the University of Minnesota have the most cases, and more extensive research has been conducted on some large universities.
The highest number of positive cases is between 20 and 24 in the state. According to reports, there was 1 death in this age range and 38 ICU hospitalizations between 10 and 19 years old.
The real concern is that young people will spread the virus to older and more vulnerable people.
MDH continues to remind people to pay attention to layered protection plans, from masks to social evacuation and crowd avoidance.
Health officials are also working with schools to determine which learning model is best by monitoring the number of students and staff who test positive and the percentage of students who may be out of school due to exposure to COVID-19.
The New York Times has created a list of metropolitan areas handling the latest COVID-19 cases based on the population. No city in Minnesota makes the top 20, but Wisconsin has 5 cities. La Crosse ranks first on the border of Minnesota.
The newspaper also listed the regions with the fastest growth in cases. Winona ranks 11th on the list and also includes six regions in Wisconsin.
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