8 new cases reported for 2nd day in a row in Steele County
Steele county saw the largest jump in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the area on Friday with eight new cases for a second day in a row, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
Cases increased from 37 to 45 in Steele County.
Freeborn County saw two new cases and has now had 41 lab-confirmed cases, and Mower County saw an increase in one case, for a total of 37.
The Freeborn County Public Health Department said the new cases in Freeborn County were a person in their 20s and another in their 70s. No new hospitalizations have been reported in the county this week.
Of Freeborn County’s 41 cases, 26 are now out of isolation.
Steele County stated on its Facebook page on Thursday that an area business was experiencing a cluster of employees who had tested positive for COVID-19, and Steele County Public Health was partnering with the Minnesota Department of Health, health care partners and the business to address the situation and to try to contain further spread.
No new cases were reported in Faribault County, and one new case was reported in Waseca County, putting that total at 13.
Statewide, total positive cases passed 10,000 for a total of 10,088 cases, an increase in 723 cases. Of the total cases, 5,697 people have recovered and no longer need isolation, and 534 people have died, an increase in 26 from the previous day. Of the total deaths, 434 resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities.
Twenty of the new deaths were in Hennepin County in residents ranging from 70-99, and three were reported in Ramsey County. One death was reported in Benton, Olmsted and St. Louis counties.
The Minnesota Department of Health stated 473 people are hospitalized as of today, including 198 in intensive care.
The median age of hospitalized cases is 61, though ages have ranged from an infant less than 1 month old to a person 102 years of age. The median age of the people who have died is 83, though ages have ranged from 30 to 109. The median age for all cases is 45.
The state department said people ages 30 to 39 represent 19% of all lab-confirmed positive cases. People ages 20 to 29 represent the next highest total at 17% of cases. People ages 70 and older have accounted for 83% of the deaths.
The highest number of overall cases have been reported in Hennepin County, with 3,153 cases and 362 deaths. Counties with the next highest numbers are Stearns County with 1,274 cases and Nobles County with 1,177.
Ramsey County has had 800 cases, and Anoka County has had 477 cases. Olmsted County has had 351 cases.
The department stated 101,270 tests have been completed, including 14,397 through the Minnesota Department of Health’s public health lab and 86,873 through external laboratories.
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