Even though 37 percent of Minnesotans have received at least one vaccine dose, new cases of COVID-19 continue to climb. The state reported 16,396 new cases in the past week, an increase of 48.5 percent, bringing the total to 544,046 cases since the pandemic started. Children ages birth to 19 were 24.4 percent of the new cases in the past week.

MN Vaccinations at 25%

On the vaccine front, 1,420,328 Minnesotans have received a full vaccine schedule, which is roughly 25 percent of the state’s total population.

Cases in Tri-County Area

• Scott County added 407 (an increase of 47) cases in the past week, bringing its total to 14,245. Scott County also added two more deaths in the past week, bringing its total fatalities to 116.

According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, Belle Plaine surpassed 1,000 cases in the past week. Belle Plaine added 45 cases to total 1,033 since the pandemic started.

• Sibley County doubled its number of new cases in the past week, adding 42 new cases to bring its total to 1,263 and 10 deaths (no increase).

According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, Henderson reported 6 new cases in the past week, bringing its total to 180. Gaylord has reported 294 cases (an increase of 4), Arlington has 281, (an increase of 8), Winthrop has 176 (an increase of 4), Gibbon has 170 (an increase of 2), New Auburn has 23 (an increase of 3), and Green Isle has 129 (an increase of 4).

• Le Sueur County saw a 63 percent spike the previous week and remained at that level. The county added 65 new cases (an increase of 3) to total 2,575 cases and remain at 22 deaths.

According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, the city of Le Sueur added 6 new cases in the past week, bringing its total to 571 cases. Le Sueur County has a 14-day case rate of 33.23, up from last week’s 30.02.

Cases in Area Schools

Right now, nine schools (an increase of one) have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19 within the tri-county area. Scott County is bearing the worst of it, with seven schools being affected, including one new one in the past week.

Affected schools include Tri-City United High School in Montgomery (Le Sueur County), Sibley East Elementary School in Gaylord (Sibley County), and Shakopee West Middle School (new), Jordan Elementary School, New Prague High School, New Prague Middle School, Raven Stream Elementary in New Prague, Prior Lake High School in Savage, and Shakopee High School in Scott County.

State Overview

The state conducted 250,664 tests in the past week, bringing its total to 8,626,261 tests on approximately 3,830,249 people.

Deaths from the disease increased 50 percent in the past week. The state reported 74 deaths during April 5-12, up from 50 deaths the previous week. To date, 6,959 Minnesotans have died from COVID-19.

Of the 74 deaths that occurred in the past week, 26, or 35 percent, occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities. To date, 4,319 (62 percent) of the state’s 6,959 deaths have been in those facilities. At the same time, there have been 18,371 (an increase of 26) cases in those facilities, which is 3.4 percent of all cases statewide.

Of Minnesota’s 544,046 total cases, 40,001 have been in health care workers (an increase of 530) and 518,658 (95.3 percent) no longer need isolation.

Spike in Hospitalizations

Along with the increase in new cases, Minnesota is seeing large spikes in people needing hospitalization. In the past week, 686 more people (an increase of 202) were hospitalized, an increase of 41.7 percent, bringing the total to 28,255. The state also reported 120 more patients needing ICU hospitalization, an increase of 29 people, or 31.9 percent. To date, 5,781 people have needed ICU care due to COVID-19.

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 held steady, with one facility dropping off and a new one being added. Exposure is defined as a person diagnosed with COVID-19 who visited, worked, or lived at the facility while contagious.

• Scott County had one facility drop off in the past week, and a new one was added. Affected facilities include Benedictine Living Community of Shakopee and St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center (new).

• Sibley County reported no changes in the past week. At this point, Oak Terrace Senior Housing of Gaylord is the only affected facility.

• Le Sueur County reported no changes in the past week. At this point, Traditions of Waterville is the only affected facility.

Cases in Age Groups

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

• Age 100+: 112 deaths (an increase of 1); 337 total cases (a decrease of 1)

• Ages 90-99: 1,696 deaths (an increase of 17); 6,122 cases (increase of 20)

• Ages 80-89: 2,428 deaths (an increase of 17); 14,967 cases (increase of 124)

• Ages 70-79: 1,516 deaths (an increase of 17); 26,327 cases (increase of 375)

• Ages 60-69: 764 deaths (an increase of 15); 53,269 cases (increase of 1,342)

• Ages 50-59: 287 deaths (an increase of 3); 77,756 cases (increase of 2,350)

• Ages 40-49: 102 deaths (an increase of 2); 78,989 cases (increase of 2,586)

• Ages 30-39: 42 deaths (an increase of 2); 89,200 cases (increase of 2,767)

• Ages 20-29: 10 deaths (no increase); 101,632 cases (increase 2,829)

• Ages 5-19: 1 death (no increase); 83,422 cases (increase of 3,522)

• Ages 0-4: 1 death (no increase); 11,993 cases (increase of 487).

Top Ten Counties in MN

1.Hennepin: 106,637 (+3,059)

2. Ramsey: 44,585 (+1,144)

3. Dakota: 38,316 (+1,157)

4. Anoka: 33,521 (+1,065)

5. Washington: 23,006 (+646)

6. Stearns: 19,735 (+445)

7. St. Louis: 15,363 (+412)

8. Scott: 14,245 (+407)

9. Wright: 12,827 (+421)

10. Olmsted: 12,500 (+173)

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