Second Proctor business confirms COVID-19

By Josie Maahs

An employee at the Proctor Golf Course has tested positive for COVID-19.

The course’s management informed patrons that the clubhouse would be closed until Thursday morning to do extra sterilizing and cleaning, while the course remains open.  Check-ins were held outside of the clubhouse on Wednesday.

The employee in question worked on August 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. The individual is not experiencing any symptoms, and is doing well according to the social media post.

Course Manager Chris Klatte confirmed the social media post. He explained that because the employees and golfers wore masks, and were only closer than 6 feet apart for less than 15 minutes, they aren’t required to shut down by the state. If they had been coming into close contact with each other, then there would be more to worry about. They are still working on cleaning the clubhouse, and will be checking people in outside for now.

This is the second Proctor business in as many weeks where employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Proctor had two employees test positive for COVID-19, and was added to the Minnesota Department of Health’s list of congregate care facilities. The rest of the staff and residents were also tested, but they all came back negative.

After 28 days without any new exposure, the MDH can remove Diamond Willow from the list of outbreaks. So far 14 days have passed without any new positive tests.

The most recent numbers from St. Louis County shows 573 confirmed cases, and 19 deaths.

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