Minnesota had another big week of COVID-19 cases, with 45,482 new cases added between Monday, Nov. 16 and Monday, Nov. 23. To date, Minnesota has reported 276,500 cases of COVID-19. 

Hilltop Elementary School in Henderson was newly added to the list of schools that have experienced an outbreak on Monday. The state includes schools on the list that have had at least five COVID-19 positive staff or students in the building in a two-week period, and this is the first time a local school has made the list.

Le Sueur County’s 14-day case rate is off the charts. According to Le Sueur County Public Health, the county’s case rate was 103.63 between Oct. 25-Nov. 7, which is the most up to date information. This is almost double the rate from Oct. 18-31 (52.17). The Le Sueur-Henderson School District uses this data to drive its learning model. A case rate of 50+ comes with distance learning for all students.

Tri-City United in Le Sueur County, Washington Elementary and Loyola Catholic School in Blue Earth County, and Prior Lake High School in Scott County all remain on the list.

Sibley County set a new record, with 191 new cases between Nov. 16-23, which is 36 more than the previous week. To date, Sibley County has had 702 cases, which means 49 percent of all confirmed cases were in the last two weeks. Sibley County also reported one new death due to COVID-19 in the last week, bringing its total to four.

According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, Henderson’s zip code added 30 new cases in the past week to bring its total to 98. Gaylord has reported 164 cases (increase of 49), Arlington has 130, (an increase of 47), Green Isle has 48 (an increase of 25), Winthrop has 59 (increase of 17), Gibbon has 71 (an increase of 17), and New Auburn has 13 (increase of 4). 

Le Sueur County saw 238 new cases in the last week, bringing its total to 1,310 since the pandemic started. The county also had two more deaths in the past week, bringing its death total to nine. According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, the city of Le Sueur added 113 new cases in the past week.

Scott County added 1,351 cases in the past week, bringing its total to 7,467, and holds onto its spot as the seventh highest county in the state for cases. Scott County added five new deaths in the past week to bring its total to 54. According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, Belle Plaine added 154 cases in the past week to bring its total to 426 cases.


The state conducted 364,471 tests in the past week, bringing its total to 3,837,304 tests on approximately 2,340,776 people.

Deaths from the disease continue to skyrocket. COVID-19 killed 348 people from Nov. 16-23, an increase of 43.8 percent, or 106 deaths, from the previous week. To date, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 3,265 Minnesotans. 

Of the 348 deaths that occurred in the past week, 220 (63.2 percent) occurred in long-term or assisted living facilities. To date, 2,223 deaths, or 68 percent, have been in long-term care or assisted living facilities. At the same time, there have been 10,084 cases in those facilities (a one-week increase of 1,602), which is 3.6 percent of all cases statewide.

Of Minnesota’s total 276,500 cases, 20,638 (an increase of 2,651) have been in health care workers and 227,311 (82.2 percent) no longer need isolation. In the past week, 1,855 people have been hospitalized, bringing the cumulative total to 15,106 since the pandemic started. The state also reported 277 patients needing ICU hospitalization, bringing the cumulative total to 3,480.

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. 

Sibley County added three facilities in the past week. Oak Terrace in Gaylord is now joined by Good Samaritan Society Arlington (new), Oak Terrace Health Care Center (new) and South View Living Center (new).

Le Sueur County had one facility drop off in the past week. Affected facilities include Central Health Care, Ridgeview Le Sueur Nursing & Rehab Center, and Praha Village.

Scott County had no changes in the past week. Affected facilities include Kingsway Retirement Living, Lutheran Home Belle Plaine, Shakopee Friendship Manor, Savage Senior Living, Emerald Crest Shakopee, New Perspective Prior Lake, All Saints Senior Living, Mala Strana Care and Rehab Center, McKenna Crossing and St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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

• Age 100+: 57 deaths (an increase of 6); 181 total cases (increase of 40)

• Ages 90-99: 822 deaths (an increase of 93); 3,250 cases (increase of 496)

• Ages 80-89: 1,131 deaths (an increase of 128); 7,979 cases (increase of 1,456)

• Ages 70-79: 660 deaths (an increase of 72); 13,674 cases (increase of 2,728)

• Ages 60-69: 361 deaths (an increase of 28); 26,509 cases (increase of 5,309)

• Ages 50-59: 158 deaths (an increase of 13); 39,426 cases (increase of 7,135)

• Ages 40-49: 47 deaths (an increase of 6); 39,925 cases (increase of 6,654)

• Ages 30-39: 23 deaths (an increase of 2); 45,653 cases (increase of 7,016)

• Ages 20-29: 5 deaths (no increase); 56,220 cases (increase of 7,465)

• Ages 5-19: No deaths reported; 38,486 cases (increase of 6,262)

• Ages 0-4: 1 death (no increase); 5,169 cases (increase of 903)

As it stands, the top 10 counties in Minnesota for cases are:

1. Hennepin: 58,211 (+6,991)

2. Ramsey: 24,433 (+3,138)

3. Dakota: 18,914 (+3,021, up from 4th)

4. Anoka: 18,881 (+2,860, down from 3rd)

5. Washington: 12,289 (+1,762) 

6. Stearns: 11,983 (+1,984)

7. Scott: 7,467 (+1,351)

8. St. Louis County: 7,270 (+1,559)

9. Wright: 6,448 (+1,281, up from 10th)

10. Olmsted: 6,096 (+784, down from 9th)

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