Wright County continues surveillance testing

45 more positive cases reported

CLARION — Wright County has received 45 additional positive COVID-19 results from its proactive surveillance testing of county employers and nursing home facilities.

Between May 21 and Sunday, 528 Wright County residents were tested for the novel coronavirus. Of those tested, 483 received negative results and 45 received positive results.

In total, since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Wright County has had 1,367 residents tested for the virus, and 178 test positive. Of those positive results, 30 individuals have recovered as of Monday. There have been no deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19.

For the past two weeks, Wright County Public Health has been conducting surveillance testing of employees at the county’s largest businesses, as well as its nursing facilities, to help track and curb the spread of COVID-19.

“We’ll continue on that this week and that will continue at this point until further notice,” said Karl Helgevold, Wright County supervisor and public information officer.

Helgevold noted that while not every new positive case in the county has come from the surveillance testing, many of those testing positive have not been showing symptoms of the disease.

“It is even more important now than ever that the citizens of Wright County continue to be diligent in practicing social distancing and wearing face coverings and avoidance of mass gatherings as we are seeing an increase in positive cases at this time,” said Sandy McGrath, Wright County Public Health nurse and epidemiologist. “We also continue aggressive contact tracing on all positive cases of COVID-19 in Wright County.”

Helgevold echoed that advice.

“Continue to use good safety measures,” he said. “Avoid crowds, wear facial coverings and just make good judgments and protect your neighbor along with yourself.”


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