Minnesota has seen a significant drop in new COVID-19 cases in the past week, a trend which was reflected as the local county level as well.

The state reported 3,724 new cases since Sept. 7 to bring the total to 84,949. This was the lowest increase since the week of June 29-July 6, when the state added 2,708 cases.

New cases in Scott County have slowed, as the county added 81 new cases, a drop of more than 100 from last week. To date, Scott County has had 2,279 cases, ranking it seventh in the state for number of total cases. The county has not reported any new deaths in the past week and remains at 32. According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, 71 cases (an increase of 6) have been in Belle Plaine.

Sibley County added six new cases in the past week to bring its total to 161. The increase of six cases is the lowest increase in a month. According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, three of the six new cases have been in Henderson, bringing Henderson’s total to 25 cases. The county remains at three deaths.

Le Sueur County added 23 new cases in the past week, bringing its total to 430. The county also recorded another death from COVID-19 in the past week, bringing its total to three deaths. According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, 62 cases (an increase of 2) have been in Le Sueur.

State Overview

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began in March, Minnesota has conducted 1,724,779 tests, including 115,161 new tests in the past week.

Minnesota has recorded 1,922 deaths from the disease, an increase of 62 from last week. Of those, 1,398 (72.7 percent) have been in long-term care or assisted living facilities, even though there have only been 4,735, (5.6 percent) cases in those facilities.

Of Minnesota’s total 84,949 cases, 78,238 (92.1 percent) no longer need isolation. Furthermore, 9,201 have been in health care workers, 233 are currently hospitalized (a decrease of 42), including 135 in the ICU, a decrease of one from last week.

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 new facilities in the last week, and had one drop off. The Lutheran Home and New Perspective Prior Lake were the new additions, joining Oak Terrace Senior Housing of Jordan, Savage Senior Living, All Saints Senior Living, McKenna Crossing, and St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Good Samaritan Society Fairview and Oak Terrace Health Care Center are both on the list for Sibley County.

Two Le Sueur facilities dropped off the list in the past week. As of Monday, Traditions of Waterville was the only facility to report a case in the past month.

Cases by Age

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

Age 100+: 33 deaths (an increase of 1); 67 total cases (increase of 3)

Ages 90-99: 469 deaths (an increase of 13); 1,235 cases (increase of 30)

Ages 80-89: 645 deaths (an increase of 27); 2,506 cases (increase of 80)

Ages 70-79: 389 deaths (an increase of 11); 3,461 cases (increase of 164)

Ages 60-69: 230 deaths (an increase of 6); 6,428 cases (increase of 299)

Ages 50-59: 104 deaths (an increase of 3); 10,841 cases (increase of 484)

Ages 40-49: 30 deaths (an increase of 1); 12,076 cases (increase of 480)

Ages 30-39: 17 deaths (no increase); 14,724 cases (increase of 550)

Ages 20-29: 4 deaths (no increase); 20,009 cases (increase of 920)

Ages 5-19: No deaths reported; 11,897 cases (increase of 627)

Ages 0-4: 1 death (no increase); 1,699 cases (increase of 90).

Cases by County

The top 10 counties in Minnesota for cases are as follows:

1. Hennepin: 24,944 (+645)

2. Ramsey: 10,111 (+412)

3. Dakota: 6,836 (+333)

4. Anoka: 5,396 (+320)

5. Stearns: 3,571 (+116)

6. Washington: 3,407 (+143)

7. Scott: 2,279 (+81)

8. Olmsted: 2,187 (+66)

9. Nobles: 1,906 (+14)

10. Blue Earth: 1,507 (+72)


Rice: 1,264 (+32)

Mower: 1,238 (+25)

Carver: 1,274 (+75)

Wright: 1,447 (+76)

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