New COVID-19 cases in Minnesota dropped another 13.5 percent in the past week, with the state adding 11,775 new cases (a decrease of 1,844) to total 569,440 since the pandemic started.

Vaccination Update

On the vaccine front, 1,805,781 Minnesotans have received a full vaccine schedule (an increase of 179,981), which is 32 percent of the state’s total population. The number of Minnesotans who have received at least one vaccine has grown to 2.46 million, or roughly 43.6 percent of the state population.

Cases in Tri-County Area

• Scott County added 325 (a decrease of 15) cases in the past week, bringing its total to 14,910. Scott County also added three more deaths in the past week, bringing its total fatalities to 120.

According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, Belle Plaine added 29 cases to total 1,120 since the pandemic started.

• Sibley County reported a big drop in new cases in the past week. The county added 10 new cases (a decline of 18 cases, or 64 percent) to bring its total to 1,301 cases, and 10 deaths (no change).

According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, Henderson reported 4 new cases in the past week, bringing its total to 191. Gaylord has reported 309 cases (an increase of 4), Arlington has 289, (an increase of 4), Winthrop has 181 (an increase of 2), Gibbon has 178 (an increase of 5), New Auburn has 28 (an increase of 1), and Green Isle has 141 (an increase of 2).

• Le Sueur County added 65 new cases (an increase of 16) to total 2,689 cases and remains at 22 deaths.

According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, the city of Le Sueur added 21 new cases in the past week, bringing its total to 606 cases. Le Sueur County has a 14-day case rate of 48.60, up a bit from last week’s 43.24.

Cases in Area Schools

Right now, ten schools have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19 within the tri-county area. Cases in Scott County schools continue to rise, with a ninth school joining the exposure list in the past week.

At this point, there are no schools in Le Sueur County affected and one  in Sibley County, Sibley East Elementary School in Gaylord.

Affected schools in Scott County include Belle Plaine High School (new), Shakopee Area Catholic School, Shakopee West Middle School, Shakopee High School, Jordan Elementary School, New Prague High School, New Prague Middle School, Raven Stream Elementary in New Prague, and Prior Lake High School in Savage.

State Overview

The state conducted 237,627 tests in the past week, bringing its total to 9,103,708 tests on approximately 3,989,176 people.

The state reported 53 deaths (a decrease of 14) between April 19-26. To date, 7,079 Minnesotans have died from COVID-19.

Of the 53 deaths that occurred in the past week, 17, or 32 percent, occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities. To date, 4,353 (61.5 percent) of the state’s 7,079 deaths have been in those facilities. At the same time, there have been 18,440 (an increase of 42) cases in those facilities, which is 3.2 percent of all cases statewide.

Of Minnesota’s 569,440 total cases, 41,043 have been in health care workers (an increase of 520) and 547,021 (96 percent) no longer need isolation.

While deaths have dipped a little, hospitals are seeing a second week of big surges in people needing care. In the past week, 720 people (a decrease of 41) were hospitalized, bringing the total to 29,736. The state also reported 129 (a decrease of 12) more patients needing ICU hospitalization. In the past two weeks, the state has averaged 740 people/week requiring hospitalization, which is 75 percent higher compared to just a month ago. To date, 6,051 people have needed ICU care due to COVID-19.

Cases in Congregate Care

A handful of congregate care facilities in the tri-county area have reported new outbreaks in the last seven days. Exposure is defined as a person diagnosed with COVID-19 who visited, worked, or lived at the facility while contagious.

• Scott County added three new facilities in the past week. Affected facilities include New Perspective Prior Lake (new), Oak Terrace Senior Housing of Jordan (new), Presbyterian Homes Mckenna Crossing (new), All Saints Senior Living, The Lutheran Home Association Nursing Home,  and St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center.

• Sibley County had one facility drop off and a new one  added in the past week. At this point, Good Samaritan Society of Winthrop is the only affected facility.

•  Le Sueur County had one new facility added in the past week. Affected facilities include Ridgeview Le Sueur Nursing and Rehab Center (new) and Traditions of Waterville.

Cases in Age Groups

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

• Age 100+: 113 deaths (no increase); 336 total cases (a decrease of 1)

• Ages 90-99: 1,716 deaths (an increase of 11); 6,166 cases (increase of 20)

• Ages 80-89: 2,456 deaths (an increase of 12); 15,190 cases (increase of 139)

• Ages 70-79: 1,541 deaths (an increase of 12); 26,936 cases (increase of 276)

• Ages 60-69: 792 deaths (an increase of 9); 55,149 cases (increase of 840)

• Ages 50-59: 299 deaths (an increase of 5); 81,064 cases (increase of 1,440)

• Ages 40-49: 108 deaths (an increase of 4); 82,626 cases (increase of 1,714)

• Ages 30-39: 42 deaths (no increase); 93,581 cases (increase of 1,987)

• Ages 20-29: 10 deaths (no increase); 106,048 cases (increase 2,007)

• Ages 5-19: 1 death (no increase); 89,464 cases (increase of 2,957)

• Ages 0-4: 1 death (no increase); 12,847 cases (increase of 414).

Top Ten Counties in MN

1.Hennepin: 110,872 (+1,914)

2. Ramsey: 46,498 (+920)

3. Dakota: 40,109 (+870)

4. Anoka: 35,311 (+808)

5. Washington: 24,038 (+468)

6. Stearns: 20,509 (+365)

7. St. Louis: 15,952 (+245)

8. Scott: 14,910 (+325)

9. Wright: 13,468 (+331)

10.Olmsted: 12,825 (+149)

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