Minnesota saw a tiny drop in new COVID-19 cases in the past week, with 5,639 newly reported cases. To date, 485,230 cases have been reported since March 6, 2020.

Cases in Tri-County Area

• Scott County added 146 cases in the past week, bringing its total to 12,474. Scott County reported three new deaths in the last week, bringing the total to 107. According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, Belle Plaine added 10 cases in the past week to bring its total to 874 cases.

• Sibley County reported 11 new cases in the past week, bringing its total to 1,118. Sibley County reported no new deaths in the last week, keeping its total at 10.

According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, Henderson reported 4 new cases in the past week, bringing its total to 156. Gaylord has reported 275 cases (no increase), Arlington has 249, (an increase of 2), Winthrop has 158 (no increase), Gibbon has 151 (an increase of 10), New Auburn has 18 (no increase), and Green Isle has 109 (no increase).

• Le Sueur County added 41 new cases in the past week (an increase of 19), bringing its total to 2,303 cases. The county did not report any new deaths in the last week and is holding at 20. According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, the city of Le Sueur added 9 new cases in the past week, bringing its total to 518 cases. Le Sueur County has a 14-day case rate of 30.02, down from 32.52 last week.

Cases in Area Schools

Reported cases in schools in the tri-county area remain relatively low, with Scott Country reporting two schools, Sibley County reporting one school, and Le Sueur County reporting no cases.

Shakopee High School reported a new exposure in the last week and joins New Prague Senior High School on the list of affected schools in Scott County. In Sibley County, Sibley East Elementary in Gaylord is the only affected school in the county. Le Sueur County does not have any reported spread in schools.

State Overview

The state conducted 187,079 tests in the past week, bringing its total to 7,365,792 tests on approximately 3,476,724 people.

After weeks of big declines in the death toll, deaths held steady and declined by two in the past week. The state reported 53 new deaths since Feb. 22, and 6,486 Minnesotans have lost their lives to COVID-19 since the pandemic started almost a year ago.

Of the 53 deaths that occurred in the past week, 19 (35.8 percent) occurred in long-term or assisted living facilities. To date, 4,057 deaths, or 62.5 percent, have been in long-term care or assisted living facilities. At the same time, there have been 17,760 cases in those facilities, which is 3.6 percent of all cases statewide.

Of Minnesota’s total 485,230 cases, 37,811 (an increase of 330) have been in health care workers and 471,647 (97.2 percent) no longer need isolation. In the past week, 249 more people have been hospitalized, bringing the cumulative total to 25,727 since the pandemic started. The state also reported 44 (a decrease of 23) more patients needing ICU hospitalization, bringing the cumulative total to 5,308.

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 slowly increased. 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 in the past week. Affected facilities include St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shakopee (new), The Gardens at St. Gertrudes (new) and Savage Senior Living at Fen Pointe.

• Sibley County reported one new exposure in the past week. South View Living Center in Gibbon (new) and Good Samaritan Society of Winthrop have both reported exposures.

• Le Sueur County reported no changes in the past week. At this point, Central Health Care in Le Center is the only affected facility in the county.

Cases in Age Groups

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

• Age 100+: 101 deaths (no increase); 318 total cases (no increase)

• Ages 90-99: 1,576 deaths (an increase of 12); 5,884 cases (increase of 17)

• Ages 80-89: 2,285 deaths (an increase of 16); 14,225 cases (increase of 83)

• Ages 70-79: 1,406 deaths (an increase of 10); 24,677 cases (increase of 223)

• Ages 60-69: 706 deaths (an increase of 10); 48,187 cases (increase of 490)

• Ages 50-59: 270 deaths (an increase of 3); 69,094 cases (increase of 756)

• Ages 40-49: 92 deaths (an increase of 1); 70,070 cases (increase of 917)

• Ages 30-39: 39 deaths (an increase of 1); 79,611 cases (increase of 860)

• Ages 20-29: 9 deaths (no increase); 91,645 cases (increase of 919)

• Ages 5-19: 1 death (no increase); 71,157 cases (increase of 1,218)

• Ages 0-4: 1 death (no increase); 10,331 cases (increase of 155).

Top Ten Counties in MN

1. Hennepin: 96,023 (+990)

2. Ramsey: 41,152 (+641)

3. Dakota: 34,139 (+478)

4. Anoka: 30,366 (+250)

5. Washington: 20,992 (+240)

6. Stearns: 17,997 (+44)

7. St. Louis: 13,926 (+151)

8. Scott: 12,474 (+146)

9. Olmsted: 11,699 (+108)

10. Wright: 11,438 (+90)

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