Steele County sees 1 new case; other area counties remain steady

Published 11:17 am Sunday, May 3, 2020

Confirmed COVID-19 cases remained steady Sunday in all area counties except Steele County, which saw an increase in one case, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Minnesota now has 419 people who have died from COVID-19. Provided

Steele County has now had 21 cases.

Freeborn County has had 35; Mower, 28; Faribault, 6; and Waseca, 5.

As of Friday, 23 of Freeborn County’s 35 cases had recovered and were out of isolation. New numbers have not been released.

Statewide, total positive cases grew to 6,663. Of the total cases, 3,015 people have recovered and no longer need isolation, and 419 people have died, an increase in 24 from the previous day. Of that total number, 338 resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities.

The Minnesota Department of Health stated of the 24 new COVID-19 deaths, 21 were in long-term care facilities. A person in their 40s in Hennepin County died who had no underlying conditions and was not in long-term care. Additional specifics about this case are not being released at this time.

The Minnesota Department of Health stated 373 people are hospitalized as of today, including 155 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 states 19% of all lab-confirmed positive cases have been people 70 or older. The next highest age group, representing 18% of cases, has been 30 to 39 years of age. 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 2,151 cases and 277 deaths, followed by Nobles County, with 940 cases and one death.

Olmsted County has had 293 cases, eight of whom have died.

The department stated 82,632 tests have been completed, including 13,171 through the Minnesota Department of Health’s public health lab and 69,461 through external laboratories.