COVID-19

Minnesota added 13,864 new cases (an increase of 314 cases) in the past week, while the number of deaths in assisted or long-term living facilities saw a sharp increase.

In recent months, weekly deaths in long-term or assisted living facilities have been around 55-65 percent of all deaths. In the past week, 79 percent of all COVID-19 deaths have been in those facilities, with 212 deaths out of 268 reported.

To date, Minnesota has reported 437,552 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started.

Cases in Tri-County Area

• Scott County added 356 cases in the past week, bringing its total to 11,241. Scott County also reported nine new deaths to bring its total to 93. According to the Star Tribune's COVID-19 tracker data, Belle Plaine added 28 cases in the past week to bring its total to 751 cases.

• Sibley County reported 27 new cases in the past week, bringing its total to 1,031. Sibley County also had two new deaths, bringing the total to seven.

According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, Henderson’s zip code added 4 new cases in the past week to bring its total to 142. Gaylord has reported 264 cases (increase of 4), Arlington has 235, (an increase of 7), Winthrop has 144 (increase of 6), Gibbon has 118 (an increase of 5), New Auburn has 17 (an increase of 1), and Green Isle has 98 (an increase of 5).

• Le Sueur County added 55 new cases in the past week, bringing its total to 2,024 cases. The county did not have any new deaths and remains at 15. According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, the city of Le Sueur added 4 new cases in the past week, bringing its total to 441 cases. Le Sueur County’s 14-day case rate dropped to 44.31, down from 58.96 last week.

Cases in Area Schools

Affected schools in Scott, Sibley, and Le Sueur counties remain almost the same as last week. Schools are listed if they have reported five or more confirmed COVID-19 cases in students or staff in the building while infectious during a two-week period.

• In Scott County, Shakopee Area Catholic School is the only affected school.

• In Sibley County, GFW Elementary in Gibbon dropped off the list, leaving GFW Junior-Senior High in Winthrop and Sibley East Elementary in Gaylord as the only affected schools.

• In Le Sueur County, Cleveland Elementary School is the only affected school.

State Overview

The state conducted 230,697 tests in the past week, bringing its total to 5,953,863 tests on approximately 3,089,057 people.

To date, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 5,711 Minnesotans. To date, 3,655 deaths, or 64 percent, have been in long-term care or assisted living facilities. At the same time, there have been 16,699 cases in those facilities (a one-week increase of 479), which is 3.8 percent of all cases statewide.

Of Minnesota’s total 437,552 cases, 34,004 (an increase of 1,277) have been in health care workers and 417,005 (95.3 percent) no longer need isolation. In the past week, 635 more people have been hospitalized, bringing the cumulative total to 22,815 since the pandemic started. The state also reported 107 more patients needing ICU hospitalization, bringing the cumulative total to 4,783.

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 and had one drop off in the past week. Affected facilities include New Perspective Prior Lake (new), Oak Terrace Senior Housing of Jordan (new), Kingsway Retirement Living and The Lutheran Home Association Nursing Home in Belle Plaine, All Saints Senior Living and St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shakopee.

• Sibley County added two new facilities and had one drop off in the past week. At this time, Good Samaritan Society Arlington and Oak Terrace Senior Housing of Gaylord are the only affected facilities.

• Le Sueur County had one facility drop off in the past week. Affected facilities include Traditions of Waterville and Traditions of Montgomery.

Cases in Age Groups

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

• Age 100+: 90 deaths (an increase of 7); 307 total cases (increase of 7)

• Ages 90-99: 1,406 deaths (an increase of 75); 5,447 cases (increase of 148)

• Ages 80-89: 2,011 deaths (an increase of 85); 13,101 cases (increase of 382)

• Ages 70-79: 1,230 deaths (an increase of 62); 22,415 cases (increase of 698)

• Ages 60-69: 615 deaths (an increase of 20); 43,496 cases (increase of 1,331)

• Ages 50-59: 239 deaths (an increase of 13); 62,508 cases (increase of 1,819)

• Ages 40-49: 78 deaths (an increase of 4); 63,117 cases (increase of 1,995)

• Ages 30-39: 32 deaths (an increase of 2); 71,930 cases (increase of 2,297)

• Ages 20-29: 9 deaths (no increase); 83,669 cases (increase 2,618)

• Ages 5-19: No deaths reported; 62,624 cases (increase of 2,315)

• Ages 0-4: 1 death (no increase); 8,911 cases (increase of 325).

Top Ten Counties in MN

1.  Hennepin: 87,872 (+2,607)

2.  Ramsey: 37,616 (+1,105)

3.  Dakota: 30.828 (+1,018)

4.  Anoka: 28,207 (+734)

5. Washington: 18,869 (+637)

6.  Stearns: 17,001 (+331)

7. St. Louis County: 12,676 (+379)

8.  Scott: 11,241 (+356)

9.  Wright: 10,556 (+250)

10. Olmsted: 9,959 (+413)

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