For the third week in a row, Minnesota has continued to see big surge after big surge of new COVID-19 cases. In the last seven days, the state added 46,230 new cases, an increase of 48.3 percent from last week, when 31,168 new cases were added.

While the state did see an increase in testing of 34.5 percent, the new cases exceed testing alone. Compared to completed tests, Minnesota’s COVID-19 infection rate was 14.2 percent in the last week, up from 12.8 percent the week before.

To date, Minnesota has reported 231,018 cases of COVID-19.

Cases in Tri-County Area

• Scott County added 1,413 cases in the past week. As of Nov. 16, Scott County has had 6,302 cases total. Scott County added six new deaths in the past week to bring its total to 51. According to Scott County Public Health, 351 cases have been reported in Belle Plaine residents. That is an increase of 115 cases since Nov. 11.

• New cases in Sibley County saw the biggest jump yet. The county reported a whopping 155 new cases in the past week, which is a 234 percent increase from the previous week with 66 new cases. To date, Sibley County has had 511 cases, which means 30 percent of all confirmed cases were in the last seven days. The county is holding steady at three deaths.

According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, Henderson’s zip code added 19 new cases in the past week to bring its total to 68. Gaylord has reported 115 cases (increase of 22), Arlington has 83, (an increase of 23), Green Isle has 23 (an increase of 4), Winthrop has 42 (increase of 6), Gibbon has 54 (an increase of 10), and New Auburn has 9 (increase of 3).

• Le Sueur County surpassed the 1,000-case mark over the past week, adding 227 new cases to total 1,072 since the pandemic started. Almost 25 percent of those cases occurred in the city of Le Sueur (51 new cases), according to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data. The 227 new cases reflects an increase of 283 percent from two weeks ago. The county also added one new death in the past week, bringing its death total to seven.

For the first time since the pandemic started, Le Sueur County had a 14-day case rate in excess of 50 cases per 10,000 people. The county’s COVID-19 case rate came in at 51.82 as of Nov. 12, which comes with the distance learning model for all students.

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 or staff with a COVID-19 diagnosis that were in the building while sick in a two-week period.

Statewide, 114 schools are currently affected, including Tri-City United in Le Sueur County, Washington Elementary and Loyola Catholic School in Blue Earth County, and Prior Lake High School in Scott County.

State Overview

The state conducted 325,563 tests in the past week, bringing its total to 3,472,833 tests on approximately 2,173,425 people.

Minnesota reported 242 deaths since Nov. 9, an increase of 26.7 percent from the previous week. To date, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 2,917 Minnesotans.

Of the 242 deaths that occurred in the past week, 153 (63.2 percent) occurred in long-term or assisted living facilities. To date, 2,003 deaths, or 68.7 percent, have been in long-term care or assisted living facilities. At the same time, there have been 8,482 cases in those facilities (a one-week increase of 951), which is 3.7 percent of all cases statewide.

Cases in Health Care Workers

Of Minnesota’s total 231,018 cases, 17,987 have been in health care workers and 179,614 (77.7 percent) no longer need isolation. In the past week, 1,580 people have been hospitalized, bringing the cumulative total to 13,251 since the pandemic started. The state also reported 255 patients needing ICU hospitalization, bringing the cumulative total to 3,203.

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 Kingsway Retirement Living (new), Lutheran Home Belle Plaine (new), Shakopee Friendship Manor, Savage Senior Living, Emerald Crest Shakopee, New Perspective Prior Lake, All Saints Senior Living in Shakopee, Mala Strana Care and Rehab Center in New Prague, McKenna Crossing in Prior Lake, and St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shakopee.

• Sibley County had no changes in the past week; Oak Terrace in Gaylord is the only affected facility at this time.

•  Le Sueur County added two new facilities in the past week. Affected facilities include Central Health Care in Le Center (new), Ridgeview Le Sueur Nursing and Rehab Center (new), Oak Terrace Senior Housing in Le Sueur, and Praha Village in New Prague.

Cases by Age Groups

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

• Age 100+: 51 deaths (an increase of 5); 141 total cases (increase of 19)

• Ages 90-99: 729 deaths (an increase of 62); 2,754 cases (increase of 443)

• Ages 80-89: 1,003 deaths (an increase of 91); 6,523 cases (increase of 1,173)

• Ages 70-79: 588 deaths (an increase of 53); 10,946 cases (increase of 2,242)

• Ages 60-69: 333 deaths (an increase of 21); 21,200 cases (increase of 4,720)

• Ages 50-59: 145 deaths (an increase of 7); 32,291 cases (increase of 6,949)

• Ages 40-49: 41 deaths (an increase of 1); 33,271 cases (increase of 6,709)

• Ages 30-39: 21 deaths (an increase of 1); 38,637 cases (increase of 7,432)

• Ages 20-29: 5 deaths (an increase of 1); 48,755 cases (increase of 9,018)

• Ages 5-19: No deaths reported; 32,224 cases (increase of 6,699)

• Ages 0-4: 1 death (no increase); 4,266 cases (increase of 821)

Top Ten Counties in MN

1.  Hennepin: 51,220 (+7,874)

2.  Ramsey: 21,295 (+3,329)

3.   Anoka: 16,021 (+3,433, up from 4th)

4.  Dakota: 15,893 (+3,042, down from 3rd)

5.  Washington: 10,527 (+1,944)

6.  Stearns: 9,999 (+1,906)

7.  Scott: 6,116 (+1,388)

8.  St. Louis County: 5,711 (+1, 287)

9.  Olmsted: 5,312 (+1,082)

10. Wright: 5,167 (+1,306)

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