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COVID-19 cases increase in all area counties

Cases increased by one in Freeborn, Faribault and Waseca counties; three in Steele County; and four in Mower County.

COVID-19 deaths grew to 428 on Monday. Provided

Adding in these numbers, Freeborn County now has had 36 cases; Faribault County, seven; Waseca County, six; Steele, 24; and Mower, 32. 

The Freeborn County Public Health Department stated the new person in Freeborn County is a person in their 40s.

As of today, 24 of Freeborn County’s 36 cases had recovered and were out of isolation. 

“As businesses begin to open in Minnesota it continues to remain important to stay at home and stay safe as much as possible,” said Freeborn County Public Health director Sue Yost, in a press release.

Statewide, total positive cases grew to 7,234, an increase in 571 cases. Of the total cases, 4,212 people have recovered and no longer need isolation, and 428 people have died, an increase in nine from the previous day. Of the total deaths, 345 resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities.

The Minnesota Department of Health stated 396 people are hospitalized as of today, including 166 in intensive care.

The average age of hospitalized cases is 62, though ages have ranged from an infant less than 1 month old to a person 102 years of age.

The state department said people ages 70 or older an page ages 30 to 39 represent 18% of all lab-confirmed positive cases each. People ages 70 and older have accounted for 82% of the deaths.

The highest number of overall cases have been reported in Hennepin County, with 2,298 cases and 284 deaths. Counties with the next highest numbers are in Nobles County with 1,011 and Stearns County with 728.

Olmsted County has had 305 cases, eight of whom have died.

The department stated 85,941 tests have been completed, including 13,241 through the Minnesota Department of Health’s public health lab and 72,700 through external laboratories.