Minnesota continues to reach newer and bigger weekly highs for COVID-19 cases, and this week is no exception. Minnesota added almost 1,500 more cases over last week, with 8,640 confirmed cases since Monday, Oct. 5, to bring the state’s total to 113,439.

Scott County added 176 cases in the past week (an increase of 31). To date, Scott County has had 2,946 cases, ranking it seventh in the state for number of total cases. The county also added one new death, bringing its total to 34. According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, 112 cases (an increase of 6) have been in Belle Plaine.

While the state saw a big increase, Sibley County bucked the trend and saw a 33 percent drop in new cases. Sibley County added 10 new cases in the past week, a drop of five, to bring its total to 224 cases. The county remains at three deaths. According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, Henderson’s zip code added one new case in the past week to bring its total to 30.

According to the zip code data, Gaylord has reported 63 cases (increase of 3), Arlington has reported 50, (no increase), Green Isle has 15 (no increase), Winthrop has 24 (increase of 3), and Gibbon has 32 (increase of 3). There is not enough data to accurately calculate New Auburn’s cases, but between one and five cases are listed.

Le Sueur County, on the other hand, saw a big spike in new cases. The county added 51 new cases in the past week, an increase of 30 over the previous week, to bring its total to 546. The county also had a new death in the past week, bringing its total to five. According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, 73 cases (an increase of 2) have been in Le Sueur.

The good news is that right now Le Sueur County’s COVID-19 14-day case rate is 15.37. The Le Sueur-Henderson School District primarily uses Le Sueur County data to guide its learning plan, and 15.37 allows the district to remain in-person at the elementary school level and hybrid at the middle/high school.

State Overview

The state conducted 167,336 tests in the past week, bringing its total to 2,337,122 tests on approximately 1,589,752 people.

Minnesota added 61 new deaths from the disease in the past week, bringing its total to 2,144. 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 61 deaths that occurred in the past week, 35 occurred in long-term or assisted living facilities. To date, 1,522 deaths, or 71 percent, have been in long-term care or assisted living facilities, even though cases in those facilities number 5,504 (an increase of 279 from last week), or 4.8 percent of total cases.

Of Minnesota’s total 113,439 cases, 11,654 have been in health care workers and 101,376 (89.4 percent) no longer need isolation. In the past week, 481 people have been hospitalized and 122 required ICU hospitalization. To date, 8,421 cases have required hospitalization, and 2,311 people have needed ICU care.

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 reported no changes to facilities in the past week. Affected facilities include All Saints Senior Living, The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine, McKenna Crossing in Prior Lake, Mala Strana Care and Rehab Center in New Prague, Shakopee Friendship Manor, and Savage Senior Living.

Good Samaritan Society’s Arlington and Winthrop locations reported cases in Sibley County.

Le Sueur County had one facility drop off the list and another get added in the past week. Affected facilities include Praha Village in New Prague and Ridgeview Le Sueur Nursing & Rehab Center.

Cases by Age

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

• Age 100+: 37 deaths (an increase of 2); 83 total cases (increase of 7)

• Ages 90-99: 524 deaths (an increase of 13); 1,545 cases (increase of 111)

• Ages 80-89: 709 deaths (an increase of 18); 3,322 cases (increase of 285)

• Ages 70-79: 441 deaths (an increase of 14); 4,960 cases (increase of 495)

• Ages 60-69: 261 deaths (an increase of 10); 9,240 cases (increase of 897)

• Ages 50-59: 117 deaths (an increase of 2); 14,711 cases (increase of 1,245)

• Ages 40-49: 33 deaths (an increase of 2); 15,860 cases (increase of 1,200)

• Ages 30-39: 17 deaths (no increase); 19,216 cases (increase of 1,455)

• Ages 20-29: 4 deaths (no increase); 26,022 cases (increase of 1,619)

• Ages 5-19: No deaths reported; 16,245 cases (increase of 1,170)

• Ages 0-4: 1 death (no increase); 2,224 cases (increase of 152).

Cases by County

A few counties saw big changes this week. Nobles County, which has been in the top 10 for months, was finally bumped from the list as both St. Louis County and Wright County surpassed it in cases this week.

St. Louis County was a new addition to the top 10 list last week, and Wright County saw a big spike with 224 new cases this week, surpassing Nobles County by six cases to come in at #10.

Top Ten Counties in MN

1.  Hennepin: 30,456 (+1,613)

2.  Ramsey: 12,423 (+777)

3.  Dakota: 8,576 (+542)

4.  Anoka: 7,372 (+643)

5.  Stearns: 4,725 (+363)

6.  Washington: 4,660 (+480)

7.  Scott: 2,946 (+176)

8.  Olmsted: 2,848 (+165)

9. St. Louis County: 2,226 (+270, up from 10th)

10. Wright: 2,063 (+224, new addition)

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