New cases of COVID-19 are continuing to slow, as the state added 8,434 cases between Jan. 18-25. This is the lowest one-week increase in almost four months, dipping below the 8,640 cases that were added during the first week of October 2020.

To date, Minnesota has reported 455,783 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started.

Cases in Tri-County Area

• Scott County added 222 cases in the past week, bringing its total to 11,691. Scott County also reported three new deaths to bring its total to 99.

According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, Belle Plaine added 25 cases in the past week to bring its total to 800 cases.

• Sibley County reported 16 new cases in the past week, a decline of two from last week, bringing its total to 1,065. 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 1 new case in the past week to bring its total to 148. Gaylord has reported 270 cases (an increase of 4), Arlington has 240, (an increase of 2), Winthrop has 148 (no increase), Gibbon has 127 (an increase of 4), New Auburn has 18 (no increase), and Green Isle has 101 (an increase of 1).

• Le Sueur County added 47 new cases in the past week, bringing its total to 2,116 cases. The county reported one new death, bringing its total to 16.

According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, the city of Le Sueur added 10 new cases in the past week, bringing its total to 455 cases. Le Sueur County’s 14-day case rate increased to 45.74, up from 41.81 last week.

Cases in Area Schools

Right now, GFW Junior-Senior High in Winthrop and Sibley East Elementary in Gaylord are the only schools listed with a COVID outbreak in Sibley, Le Sueur, or Scott County. Schools are listed if they report five or more confirmed COVID-19 cases in students or staff in the building while infectious during a two-week period.

State Overview

The state conducted 215,295 tests in the past week, bringing its total to 6,388,959 tests on approximately 3,214,445 people.

The state saw a 30 percent reduction in deaths in the past week. Between Jan. 18-25, 159 Minnesotans died, which is 69 fewer than the previous week. To date, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 6,098 Minnesotans.  

Of the 159 deaths that occurred in the past week, 90 (56 percent) occurred in long-term or assisted living facilities. To date, 3,876 deaths, or 63.6 percent, have been in long-term care or assisted living facilities. At the same time, there have been 17,301 cases in those facilities (a one-week increase of 272), which is 3.8 percent of all cases statewide.

Of Minnesota’s total 455,783 cases, 35,595 (an increase of 701) have been in health care workers and 439,283 (96 percent) no longer need isolation. In the past week, 504 more people have been hospitalized, bringing the cumulative total to 23,932 since the pandemic started. The state also reported 93 more patients needing ICU hospitalization, bringing the cumulative total to 4,974.

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 reported no changes in the past week. Affected facilities include Presbyterian Homes McKenna Crossing in Prior Lake, New Perspective Prior Lake, Oak Terrace Senior Housing of 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 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. 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+: 98 deaths (an increase of 1); 314 total cases (increase of 1)

• Ages 90-99: 1,485 deaths (an increase of 29); 5,676 cases (increase of 99)

• Ages 80-89: 2,163 deaths (an increase of 66); 13,606 cases (increase of 230)

• Ages 70-79: 1,309 deaths (an increase of 32); 23,291 cases (increase of 404)

• Ages 60-69: 665 deaths (an increase of 22); 45,361 cases (increase of 828)

• Ages 50-59: 250 deaths (an increase of 4); 65,039 cases (increase of 1,187)

• Ages 40-49: 84 deaths (an increase of 3); 65,653 cases (increase of 1,165)

• Ages 30-39: 34 deaths (an increase of 2); 74,815 cases (increase of 1,325)

• Ages 20-29: 9 deaths (no increase); 86,908 cases (increase 1,523)

• Ages 5-19: No deaths reported; 65,606 cases (increase of 1,389)

• Ages 0-4: 1 death (no increase); 9,476 cases (increase of 276).

Top Ten Counties in MN

1.  Hennepin: 90,928 (+1,395)

2.  Ramsey: 39,076 (+699)

3.  Dakota: 31,971 (+552)

4.  Anoka: 28,954 (+355)

5.  Washington: 19,693(+400)

6.  Stearns: 17,471 (+230)

7. St. Louis County: 13,231 (+271)

8.  Scott: 11,691 (+222)

9.  Wright: 10,908 (+161)

10. Olmsted: 10,761 (+378)

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