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OUTBREAK: Plainview case spike concerns county health officials

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PLAINVIEW, Minn. (KTTC) -- According to Wabasha County Public Health, the City of Plainview is seeing a recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

The county had 18 positive cases at the beginning of June. It has added 52 cases in nearly two months, with many coming after the 4th of July.

In a news release, county officials say prolonged summer activities and social gatherings were the cause for the increase. They're urging anyone who was in an environment where social distancing wasn't followed to quarantine for 14 days.

"A lot of people definitely got together for the fourth and tried to create some normalcy for their lives," said Plainview resident Chaning Cordova. "I think that because we're a small town a lot of people thought that they could get away without it so i think the outbreak formed that way."

State health officials say personal choices will ultimately determine how we do against the coronavirus.

"For months now we've said despite the hard work of doctors and nurses, long term care providers, public health staff, and so many other people, the sacrifices made by business owners and citizens to reduce COVID spread, the biggest factor has been and continues to be the choices and behaviors of us as we Minnesotans," said Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm on Monday.

Zach Fuller

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