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Wabasha County matches Goodhue 
in per-capita COVID-19 infection rate

Aug 5, 2020
After months of a relatively low per-capita COVID-19 infection rate compared to its northern neighbor, reported infections in Wabasha County have risen more quickly since about mid-July, leaving the counties with a comparable per-capita rates as August begins. As of Aug. 4, both counties had a per-...

Families face choice as school year nears

Aug 5, 2020
Lake City Public Schools officials and contractors presented an overview of the current state of plans for what is expected to be a very atypical school year on Aug. 4. At one point, Board Chair Heath Oeltjen said over 120 people were logged on to the meeting over Zoom, an indication of high...

Market by the Lake to celebrate Farmer’s Market Week with giveaway

Aug 5, 2020
To celebrate National Farmers Market Week, Lake City Market by the Lake will have a drawing to give away a free Lake City Market by the Lake insulated bag of local goodies at the August 6 market at Ohuta Park from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Lake City Market by the Lake joins markets across the country in...

Destination Lake City - Grateful for outdoor amenities during COVID-19

Aug 5, 2020
On July 30, Destination Lake City’s (DLC) board brought together picnic tables in Patton Park at the same outside location where a month earlier the group convened its first general meeting since the COVID-19 threat changed the way ordinary interactions are conducted. Lake City residents are...

School board meets Tuesday on reopening plans

Jul 29, 2020
On Thursday (today) Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce whether Minnesota public schools students will begin the school year on Sept. 8 in class, in distance learning, or a hybrid model incorporating aspects of both. Soon after, parents in the district will receive a brief questionnaire from the...

Positive COVID-19 test closes Port 104 until Aug. 12

Jul 29, 2020
Port 104 announced on July 28 that it would be closed until 11 a.m. on Aug. 12 after a member of the staff tested positive for COVID-19. “The only day the staff member worked after exposure was Sunday, July 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. serving tables but to be on the safe side, our staff members...

Plainview outbreak leads Wabasha county to issue self-quarantine advice

Jul 29, 2020
Wabasha County has identified an outbreak within the Plainview community located in Wabasha County. The Minnesota Department of Health is working to determine high risk close contacts to the individuals and will be notifying them directly. Wabasha County Public Health is working with the Department...

Wabasha County infection rate rising

Jul 29, 2020
Data from Wabasha County Public Health shows that the number of new cases detected per day in the county ticked upward and has been consistently higher for a few weeks. In the 40 days between June 1 and July 10, the tests confirmed about 0.436 cases per day. From July 10 to July 28, a span of 18...

Letter: Virus doesn’t care what you think

Jul 22, 2020
I am an essential health care worker. The persons with disabilities, whom I support, made serious sacrifices in adjusting to the current pandemic. With work and schools down, they missed their face-to-face contacts. They have done their best to implement physical distancing, to complete hygiene and...

Goodhue County commissioners decline to fund staff antibody tests

Jul 22, 2020
Goodhue County commissioners voted against paying for COVID-19 antibody tests for county employees as part of the county insurance program’s biometric testing program. The tests, according to the notes from an insurance committee meeting held July 8 and reported at the July 21 board meeting, cost...


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