Schools opening discussed at town hall meeting

by Trinity Gruenberg

Tri-County Health Care (TCHC) held a virtual town hall meeting on September 1 to discuss schools opening during the ongoing pandemic. This included comments from TCHC CEO Joel Beiswenger, Chief Medical Officer Ben Hess, Director of Regional Programs at Sourcewell Paul Drange, and Wadena-Deer Creek Superintendent Lee Westrum.

Wadena County COVID case numbers have seen an increase, nearly doubling in August.

Tri-County Health Care is averaging 17-20 COVID tests per day reaching nearly a two percent positivity rate. Projections indicate an October-November surge in cases. With schools opening it does increase the potential risk and transmission of the disease.

The hospital is re-mobilizing services including their satellite clinics to see symptomatic patients and does allow one visitor per patient. They continue to use safety precautions to create a safer environment. . . .

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