COVID-19

The state saw a 29 percent drop in COVID-19 cases in the past week, as it added just 9,797 new cases. This is a big break from recent months and the lowest one-week total since the first week of October, when 8,640 cases were added. This is also a drop of 44 percent from a month ago, when new weekly cases numbered 17,470.

To date, Minnesota has reported 447,349 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started.

Cases in Tri-County Area

• Scott County added 228 cases in the past week, bringing its total to 11,469. Scott County also reported three new deaths, to bring its total to 96. According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, Belle Plaine added 24 cases in the past week to bring its total to 775 cases.

• Sibley County reported 18 new cases in the past week, a decline of nine from last week, bringing its total to 1,049. Sibley County did not report any new deaths and remains at seven.

According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, Henderson’s zip code added 5 new cases in the past week to bring its total to 147. Gaylord has reported 266 cases (an increase of 2), Arlington has 238, (an increase of 3), Winthrop has 148 (an increase of 4), Gibbon has 123 (an increase of 5), New Auburn has 18 (an increase of 1), and Green Isle has 100 (an increase of 2).

• Le Sueur County added 45 new cases in the past week, bringing its total to 2,069 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 445 cases. Le Sueur County’s 14-day case rate dropped to 41.81, down from 44.31 last week.

Cases in Area Schools

The number of schools that have reported five or more confirmed COVID-19 cases in students or staff in the building while infectious during a two-week period have declined in the last week.

• In Sibley County, GFW Junior-Senior High in Winthrop and Sibley East Elementary in Gaylord are the only affected schools.

• Neither Scott nor Le Sueur county has reported any school outbreaks at this time.

State Overview

The state conducted 219,801 tests in the past week, bringing its total to 6,173,664 tests on approximately 3,152,124 people.

To date, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 5,939 Minnesotans. Of the 228 deaths that occurred in the past week, 131 (57 percent) occurred in long-term or assisted living facilities. To date, 3,786 deaths, or 63.7 percent, have been in long-term care or assisted living facilities. At the same time, there have been 17,029 cases in those facilities (a one-week increase of 330), which is 3.8 percent of all cases statewide.

Of Minnesota’s total 447,349 cases, 34,894 (an increase of 890) have been in health care workers and 429,325 (96 percent) no longer need isolation. In the past week, 613 more people have been hospitalized, bringing the cumulative total to 23,428 since the pandemic started. The state also reported 98 more patients needing ICU hospitalization, bringing the cumulative total to 4,881.

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 one new facility and had two drop off in the past week. Affected facilities include Presbyterian Homes-McKenna Crossing in Prior Lake (new), New Perspective in Prior Lake, Oak Terrace Senior Housing in Jordan, The Lutheran Home Association Nursing Home in Belle Plaine, and All Saints Senior Living in Shakopee.

• Sibley County reported no changes in the past week. At this time, Good Samaritan Society in Arlington and Oak Terrace Senior Housing in Gaylord are the only affected facilities.

• Le Sueur County added one new facility and had one drop off in the past week. Affected facilities include Central Health Care in Le Center (new) and Traditions of Waterville.

Cases in Age Groups

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

• Age 100+: 97 deaths (an increase of 7); 313 total cases (increase of 6)

• Ages 90-99: 1,456 deaths (an increase of 50); 5,577 cases (increase of 130)

• Ages 80-89: 2,097 deaths (an increase of 86); 13,376 cases (increase of 275)

• Ages 70-79: 1,277 deaths (an increase of 47); 22,887 cases (increase of 472)

• Ages 60-69: 643 deaths (an increase of 28); 44,533 cases (increase of 1,037)

• Ages 50-59: 246 deaths (an increase of 7); 63,852 cases (increase of 1,344)

• Ages 40-49: 81 deaths (an increase of 3); 64,488 cases (increase of 1,371)

• Ages 30-39: 32 deaths (no increase); 73,490 cases (increase of 1,560)

• Ages 20-29: 9 deaths (no increase); 85,385 cases (increase 1,716)

• Ages 5-19: No deaths reported; 64,217 cases (increase of 1,593)

• Ages 0-4: 1 death (no increase); 9,200 cases (increase of 289).

Top Ten Counties in MN

1.  Hennepin: 89,533 (+1,661)

2.  Ramsey: 38,377 (+761)

3.  Dakota: 31,419 (+591)

4.  Anoka: 28,599 (+392)

5.  Washington:19,293 (+424)

6.  Stearns: 17,241 (+240)

7.  St. Louis: 12,960 (+284)

8.  Scott: 11,469 (+228)

9.  Wright: 10,747 (+191)

10. Olmsted: 10,383 (+424)

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