Minnesota is seeing another increase in new COVID-19 cases, with 11,042 new cases in the past week, an increase of 8 percent over the previous week and a 35 percent increase compared to two weeks ago. To date, Minnesota has reported 527,650 cases of COVID-19.

Cases in Tri-County Area

•  Scott County added 363 (an increase of 54 cases, or 17.5 percent) cases in the past week, bringing its total to 13,838. Scott County reported three new deaths from the disease in the past week, bringing its total to 114 deaths.

According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, Belle Plaine added 36 cases in the past week to bring its total to 988 cases.

• Sibley County bucked the state trend this week, adding 21 new cases, which is a decrease of four compared to the previous week. To date, Sibley County has confirmed 1,221 cases of COVID-19, including 10 deaths (no increase).

According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, Henderson reported 8 new cases in the past week, bringing its total to 174. Gaylord has reported 290 cases (an increase of 3), Arlington has 273, (an increase of 9), Winthrop has 172 (an increase of 5), Gibbon has 168 (an increase of 2), New Auburn has 20 (no increase), and Green Isle has 125 (an increase of 4).

• The same, unfortunately, cannot be said for neighboring Le Sueur County, which saw a 63 percent spike in new cases. Le Sueur County added 62 cases in the past week, up from 38 the week before, to total 2,510 cases since the pandemic started. However, they did not report any new deaths and are holding at 22.

According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, the city of Le Sueur added 11 new cases in the past week, bringing its total to 565 cases. Le Sueur County has a 14-day case rate of 30.02, up slightly from last week’s 28.23.

Cases in Area Schools

Right now, eight schools (an increase of one) have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19 within the tri-county area. Scott County is bearing the worst of it, with three new schools being affected in the past two weeks.

• Scott County - Jordan Elementary School (new), New Prague High School, New Prague Middle School, Raven Stream Elementary in New Prague, Prior Lake High School in Savage, and Shakopee High School

• Sibley County - Sibley East Elementary School in Gaylord

• Le Sueur County - Tri-City United High School in Montgomery

State Overview

The state conducted 200,389 tests in the past week, bringing its total to 8,375,597 tests on approximately 3,740,840 people.

While cases continue to climb up, the same cannot be said of deaths from COVID-19. Minnesota reported 50 deaths in the last week, a decrease of three from the previous week. To date, 6,885 Minnesotans have died from COVID-19.

Of the 50 deaths that occurred in the past week, 23, or 46 percent, occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities. To date, 4,293 (62.3 percent) of the state’s 6,885 deaths have been in those facilities. At the same time, there have been 18,345 (an increase of 15) cases in those facilities, which is 3.5 percent of all cases statewide.

Of Minnesota’s 527,650 total cases, 39,471 have been in health care workers (an increase of 336) and 504,712 (95.6 percent) no longer need isolation. In the past week, 484 more people have been hospitalized (an increase of 60), bringing the cumulative total to 27,569 since the pandemic started. The state also reported 91 (an increase of 15) more patients needing ICU hospitalization, bringing the cumulative total to 5,661.

Cases in Congregate Care

The number of congregate care facilities in the tri-county area that have reported COVID-19 exposure in the last 28 days has held steady, with one facility dropping off and two new ones being added. Exposure is defined as a person diagnosed with COVID-19 who visited, worked, or lived at the facility while contagious.

•  Scott County had one facility drop off in the past week. Affected facilities include Benedictine Living Community of Shakopee and Savage Senior Living at Fen Pointe.

• Sibley County added one new facility in the past week. At this point, Oak Terrace Senior Housing of Gaylord is the only affected facility.

•  Le Sueur County added one new facility in the past week. At this point, Traditions of Waterville is the only affected facility.

Cases in Age Groups

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

• Age 100+: 111 deaths (an increase of 1); 338 total cases (an increase of 1)

• Ages 90-99: 1,679 deaths (an increase of 10); 6,102 cases (increase of 21)

• Ages 80-89: 2,411 deaths (an increase of 17); 14,843 cases (increase of 96)

• Ages 70-79: 1,499 deaths (an increase of 12); 25,952 cases (increase of 240)

• Ages 60-69: 749 deaths (an increase of 8); 51,927 cases (increase of 901)

• Ages 50-59: 284 deaths (an increase of 1); 75,406 cases (increase of 1,634)

• Ages 40-49: 100 deaths (an increase of 1); 76,403 cases (increase of 1,734)

• Ages 30-39: 40 deaths (no increase); 86,433 cases (increase of 1,972)

• Ages 20-29: 10 deaths (no increase); 98,803 cases (increase 2,004)

• Ages 5-19: 1 death (no increase); 79,900 cases (increase of 2,111)

• Ages 0-4: 1 death (no increase); 11,506 cases (increase of 326).

Top Ten Counties in MN

1.Hennepin: 103,578 (+2,062)

2.Ramsey: 43,441 (+555)

3.Dakota: 37,159 (+765)

4.Anoka: 32,456 (+648)

5.Washington: 22,360 (+366)

6.Stearns: 19,290 (+348)

7.St. Louis County: 14,951 (+230)

8.Scott: 13,838 (+363)

9.Wright: 12,406 (+333, up from 10th)

10.Olmsted: 12,327 (+120, down from 9th)

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