The number of Covid-19 cases in Wright County rose at an alarming rate for the week ending Jan. 8, rising to a new all-time high. A total of 177 people were diagnosed with the virus in the seven day period. This tops the previous record of just over 100 per week set 14 months ago in November 2020.

  “When we more than double the numbers, we’re in crisis mode. And we now run the risk of having to shut things down,” said County Public Health Director Sandy McGrath.

  The number of new Covid cases statewide also doubled last week. Across the United States, an addition 13,722 people died from the virus last week.

  McGrath told the board of supervisors Jan. 10 that the county total now stands at 3,158. The new cases last week (177) more than doubled from the previous week (84) and nearly tripled from the week of Christmas (60).

  The public health director said that the highly-contagious Omicron variant is taking over. She again implored people to get vaccinated and boosted. The public health department...   read the entire story in the Belmond Independent.