Minnesota had another big increase in new COVID-19 cases in the past week, although the weekly totals were down slightly from the record setting 11,000 new cases that occurred from Oct. 12-19.

Since Oct. 19, the state added 10,933 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 135,372 since the pandemic started in March.

Cases in Schools

The state has also been tracking breakouts in Pre-K through 12th grade buildings in the state. Schools get included on the list if they have five or more students with a COVID-19 diagnosis that were in the building while sick in a two-week period.

At this point, no school in Sibley, Le Sueur, or Scott county is on the list. However, the Le Sueur-Henderson School District on Sunday, Oct. 25, announced that they would be moving to distance learning at the middle/high school due to recent positive COVID-19 cases. The middle/high school will be in distance learning at least through Nov. 25.

Cases in Tri-County Area

Scott County added 240 cases in the past week. To date, Scott County has had 3,425 cases, ranking it seventh in the state for number of total cases. The county remains at 34 deaths. According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, 133 cases (an increase of 13) have been in Belle Plaine.

While the state continues to see big increases, new cases in Sibley County have remained steady. The county added 16 new cases in the past week, an increase of two from the previous week, to bring its total to 254. The county remains at three deaths. According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, Henderson’s zip code added two new cases in the past week to bring its total to 34.

According to the zip code data, Gaylord has reported 72 cases (increase of 7), Arlington has 52, (an increase of 2), Green Isle has 17 (an increase of 1), Winthrop has 26 (increase of 1), and Gibbon has 37 (no increase). There is not enough data to accurately calculate New Auburn’s cases, but between one and five cases are listed.

Le Sueur County is holding steady on new cases. The county added 43 new cases in the past week, an increase of four from the previous week, to bring its total to 631. The county is holding at five deaths. According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, 84 cases (an increase of 7) have been in Le Sueur. Le Sueur County currently has a 14-day case rate of 24.66.

State Overview

The state conducted 178,179 tests in the past week, bringing its total to 2,710,177 tests on approximately 1,783,933 people.

Deaths from the disease are also trending back up. In the past week, 114 people have died from COVID-19, an increase of 19. To date, 2,353 deaths have occurred since the pandemic started. Another 53 deaths are listed as “probable COVID-19 deaths,” which means COVID-19 has been listed on the death certificate even though there is no positive test.

Of the 114 deaths that occurred in the past week, 71 occurred in long-term or assisted living facilities. To date, 1,649 deaths, or 70.1 percent, have been in long-term care or assisted living facilities. At the same time, there have been 6,238 cases in those facilities, which is 4.6 percent of all cases statewide.

Of Minnesota’s total 124,439 cases, 13,574 have been in health care workers and 120,421 (89 percent) no longer need isolation. In the past week, 672 people have been hospitalized, bringing the cumulative total to 9,588 since the pandemic started. The state also reported 144 patients needing ICU hospitalization, bringing the cumulative total to 2,558.

Cases in Congregate Care

A number of congregate care facilities in the area have reported COVID-19 exposure in the last 28 days. Exposure is defined as a person diagnosed with COVID-19 who visited, worked or lived at the facility while contagious.

Scott County added two facilities in the past week. Affected facilities include All Saints Senior Living in Shakopee, Mala Strana Care and Rehab Center in New Prague, Shakopee Friendship Manor, McKenna Crossing in Prior Lake (new) and St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shakopee (new).

Sibley County saw no change, as Good Samaritan Society’s Arlington and Winthrop locations remain on the list.

Le Sueur County saw no changes in the past week, and Praha Village and Central Health Care remain on the list of affected facilities.

Cases by Age Groups

Demographics for deaths compared to total number of cases are as follows:

Age 100+: 43 deaths (an increase of 3); 98 total cases (increase of 6)

Ages 90-99: 580 deaths (an increase of 32); 1,805 cases (increase of 137)

Ages 80-89: 781 deaths (an increase of 37); 3,988 cases (increase of 344)

Ages 70-79: 475 deaths (an increase of 24); 6,215 cases (increase of 604)

Ages 60-69: 291 deaths (an increase of 11); 11,530 cases (increase of 1,176)

Ages 50-59: 125 deaths (an increase of 5); 17,952 cases (increase of 1,596)

Ages 40-49: 34 deaths (an increase of 1); 19,138 cases (increase of 1,661)

Ages 30-39: 19 deaths (an increase of 1); 22,860 cases (increase of 1,825)

Ages 20-29: 4 deaths (no increase); 30,114 cases (increase of 2,028)

Ages 5-19: No deaths reported; 19,022 cases (increase of 1,346)

Ages 0-4: 1 death (no increase); 2,636 cases (increase of 214)

Cases in Other Counties

Washington County saw a big jump with 716 new cases and surpassed Stearns County to be the fifth highest county in the state for total cases. St. Louis County has been climbing the list since it joined the Top 10 list on Oct. 7 and could move up as high as seventh in a couple of weeks.  Wright County is currently ranked 10th with 2,538 cases, but Clay County (2,328) and Nobles (2,275) are not far behind.

Top Ten Counties

1.  Hennepin: 34,220 (+1,884)

2.  Ramsey: 14,087 (+745)

3.  Dakota: 9,873 (+622)

4.  Anoka: 8,862 (+777)

5. Washington: 5,975 (+716, up from 6th)

6.  Stearns: 5,832 (+462, down from 5th)

7.  Scott: 3,425 (+240)

8.  Olmsted: 3,277 (+207)

9. St. Louis County: 3,015 (+368)

10. Wright: 2,538 (+262)

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.