44 New Cases in Belle Plaine

To say the state of Minnesota, including Sibley, Le Sueur and Scott counties, saw a big spike in new COVID-19 cases in the past week would be a gross understatement. The state added 18,248 new cases between Oct. 26-Nov. 2, a jump of 65.9 percent compared to the previous week (11,000 new cases), and Sibley County and the surrounding areas saw their new cases double.

To date, Minnesota has reported 153,620 cases of COVID-19. The state set a new daily record in the past week, with 3,506 new cases confirmed on Monday, Oct. 26.

Cases in Tri-County Area

Scott County added 515 cases in the past week, more than double the previous week (240). To date, Scott County has had 4,013 cases, ranking it seventh in the state for number of total cases. Scott County also added three new deaths in the past week to bring its total to 37. According to the Scott County Public Health Dept., 177 cases (an increase of 44) have been in Belle Plaine.

Sibley County followed the trend by more than doubling its new cases in the past week. While the county has been adding between eight and 16 new cases a week in recent months, it added 36 new cases since Monday, Oct. 26, to bring its total to 290. The county remains at three deaths. According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, Henderson’s zip code added five new cases in the past week to bring its total to 39.

According to the zip code data, Gaylord has reported 76 cases (an increase of 4), Arlington has 56, (an increase of 4), Green Isle has 19 (an increase of 2), Winthrop has 30 (an increase of 4), and Gibbon has 39 (an increase of 2). New Auburn’s data has been updated to reflect 6 total cases.

Le Sueur County saw its new cases almost double. The county added 80 new cases in the past week, compared to 43 the week before, to bring its total to 711 cases. Le Sueur County also added a new death in the past week to bring its total to six. According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, 101 cases (an increase of 17) have been in Le Sueur.

Le Sueur County Public Health also announced the county had a 14-day case rate of 33.23, which if it were not already there, would recommend an elementary hybrid/middle and high school distance learning model for Le Sueur-Henderson Public Schools.

Cases in Area Schools

The Le Sueur-Henderson School District last Wednesday, Oct. 28, switched to the elementary hybrid/middle and high school distance learning model after the district reported COVID-19 cases and contract tracing revealed there would not be enough teaching staff for in-person learning.

The state has also been tracking breakouts in Pre-K through 12th grade buildings in the state. Schools get included on the state’s 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.

While Le Sueur-Henderson is not on the list, neighboring Tri-City United was added in the past week. A little further south, in Mankato, both Washington Elementary and Loyola Catholic School were added in the past week. In Carver County, Chanhassen High School remains on the list for the third week in a row.

State Overview

The state conducted 195,052 tests in the past week, bringing its total to 2,905,229 tests on approximately 1,892,223 people.

Deaths from the disease are at levels not seen since mid-summer. In the past week, 131 people have died from COVID-19, an increase of 17. To date, 2,484 deaths have occurred since the pandemic started. Another 54 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 131 deaths that occurred in the past week, 85 occurred in long-term or assisted living facilities. To date, 1,734 deaths, or 69.8 percent, have been in long-term care or assisted living facilities. At the same time, there have been 6,759 cases in those facilities, which is 4.4 percent of all cases statewide.

Of Minnesota’s total 153,620 cases, 14,846 have been in health care workers and 132,125 (86 percent) no longer need isolation. In the past week, 849 people have been hospitalized, bringing the cumulative total to 10,437 since the pandemic started. The state also reported 171 patients needing ICU hospitalization, bringing the cumulative total to 2,729.

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.

Oak Terrace in Gaylord reported new cases in the past week and joined Good Samaritan Society’s Arlington and Winthrop locations in Sibley County.

Oak Terrace Senior Housing reported new cases and joined Praha Village and Central Health Care on the list of affected facilities in Le Sueur County.

Scott County added two facilities in the past week and had one drop off. Affected facilities include Emerald Crest Shakopee (new), New Perspective Prior Lake (new), All Saints Senior Living, Mala Strana Care and Rehab Center, McKenna Crossing, and St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Cases by Age Group

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

Age 100+: 44 deaths (an increase of 1); 108 total cases (increase of 10)

Ages 90-99: 614 deaths (an increase of 34); 2,020 cases (increase of 215)

Ages 80-89: 827 deaths (an increase of 46); 4,559 cases (increase of 571)

Ages 70-79: 505 deaths (an increase of 30); 7,235 cases (increase of 990)

Ages 60-69: 301 deaths (an increase of 10); 13,472 cases (increase of 1,942)

Ages 50-59: 134 deaths (an increase of 9); 20,663 cases (increase of 2,711)

Ages 40-49: 35 deaths (an increase of 1); 21,871 cases (increase of 2,733)

Ages 30-39: 19 deaths (no increase); 25,988 cases (increase of 3,128)

Ages 20-29: 4 deaths (no increase); 33,541 cases (increase of 3,427)

Ages 5-19: No deaths reported; 21,228 cases (increase of 2,206)

Ages 0-4: 1 death (no increase); 2,925 cases (increase of 289)

Top Ten Counties in MN

1.Hennepin: 34,220 (+3,175)

2.Ramsey: 15,429 (+1,342)

3.Dakota: 10,893 (+1,020)

4.Anoka: 10,201 (+1,339)

5.Washington: 7,071 (+1,096)

6.Stearns: 6,719 (+887)

7.Scott: 4,013 (+515)

8.Olmsted: 3,685 (+408)

9.St. Louis County: 3,518 (+503)

10.Wright: 3,039 (+501)

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