November 20th, 2020 | Roseau, MINN — LifeCare Public Health has received confirmation from the Minnesota Department of Health of a second death in Roseau County due to COVID-19. The individual was a resident in their 70s who lived in Roseau County.
“Although this is not unexpected, it is still sad news for our community. Our hearts go out to all the loved ones and care givers affected by this tragic death, and to all those suffering from this virus,” said Julie Pahlen, Director of LifeCare Public Health. “We are committed to fighting the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota and across the country. Together we will get through this historic health challenge.”
“We must do everything we can to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. Not only to protect ourselves, but to protect those around us,” noted Keith Okeson, President and CEO of LifeCare Medical Center.
As of today, Roseau County has had 885 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. While the virus does not discriminate, individuals over the age of 65 are at higher risk of severe illness and negative consequences.
With two deaths in Roseau County, it serves as a sad reminder how critical it is to follow the guidelines and be respectful of the health of others. It is important that individuals and organizations take action to slow the spread of the virus – adhere to the stay at home order and follow all applicable guidance and recommendations from national, state and local health officials. Please continue to wear a mask, avoid large gatherings, and stay home if you are sick.
LifeCare Public Health continues to work closely with the Minnesota Department of Health, and our public and private partners to understand the challenges and find ways to address the spread of COVID-19 in Roseau County.