DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — COVID-19 cases in Becker County, home to Detroit Lakes, have more than doubled in the three weeks since the Fourth of July.

Kristin Bausman, Becker County's public health supervisor, says she doesn’t believe holiday visitors are to blame for the most recent surge.

“I’m sure (a surge in holiday visitors) was a factor right when it started, but we’re a little ways out from that,” Bausman said. “That was long enough ago that I don’t necessarily think it is a cause here anymore.”

Since July 9, the Friday after the holiday weekend, cases in Becker County have risen by 135% from 57 to 134 as of Thursday, July 30, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Since July 9, neighboring counties have had similar, but in most cases, less severe spikes in total confirmed cases:

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  • Otter Tail County has seen cases rise 60.7% from 102 to 164.
  • Clay County has risen 24.1% from 598 to 742

  • Hubbard County has risen 237.5% from 8 to 27.
  • Mahnomen County has risen 120% from 10 to 22.
  • Wadena County has risen 43.8% from 16 to 23.

The statewide rise for Minnesota from July 9-30 was about 36% from about 40,000 to 54,463.

Nationally, the number of total positive cases has risen about 50% in that time frame to more than 4.5 million as of Thursday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.