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Steele sees 8 new COVID-19 cases; other area counties also increase

Steele and Waseca counties saw jumps in confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

COVID-19 deaths passed 500 on Thursday. Provided

Cases increased from 29 to 37 in Steele County and from seven to 12 in Waseca County.

Cases also increased by one in Freeborn County to 39 and by one in Mower County to 36. Faribault County saw a decrease by one, putting its total at seven.

The Freeborn County Public Health Department stated the county’s new case was a person in their 50s. As of today, 25 of Freeborn County’s cases had recovered and are out of isolation.

Statewide, total positive cases grew to 9,365, an increase in 786 cases. Of the total cases, 5,308 people have recovered and no longer need isolation, and 508 people have died, an increase in 23 from the previous day. Of the total deaths, 407 resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities.

The Minnesota Department of Health stated 435 people are hospitalized as of today, including 182 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.

Health care workers make up 1,205 of the positive cases.

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 82% of the deaths.

The highest number of overall cases have been reported in Hennepin County, with 2,962 cases and 342 deaths. Counties with the next highest numbers are Stearns County with 1,161 cases and Nobles County with 1,153.

Ramsey County has had 717 cases, and Anoka County has had 426 cases. Olmsted County has had 336 cases.

The department stated 97,421 tests have been completed, including 14,061 through the Minnesota Department of Health’s public health lab and 83,360 through external laboratories.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases

County Cases Deaths
Aitkin 1 0
Anoka 426 27
Becker 18 0
Beltrami 6 0
Benton 64 1
Big Stone 2 0
Blue Earth 55 0
Brown 9 1
Carlton 62 0
Carver 58 0
Cass 7 0
Chippewa 5 0
Chisago 14 1
Clay 222 15
Clearwater 2 0
Cottonwood 43 0
Crow Wing 23 1
Dakota 322 12
Dodge 21 0
Douglas 14 0
Faribault 7 0
Fillmore 12 1
Freeborn 39 0
Goodhue 25 0
Grant 1 0
Hennepin 2,962 342
Houston 2 0
Isanti 7 0
Itasca 24 0
Jackson 29 0
Kanabec 4 0
Kandiyohi 238 1
Kittson 1 0
Koochiching 1 0
Lac qui Parle 2 0
Lake 1 0
Le Sueur 28 0
Lincoln 3 0
Lyon 15 0
Mahnomen 2 1
Marshall 8 0
Martin 111 4
McLeod 6 0
Meeker 18 0
Mille Lacs 6 1
Morrison 11 0
Mower 36 0
Murray 25 0
Nicollet 18 2
Nobles 1,153 2
Norman 9 0
Olmsted 336 8
Otter Tail 21 0
Pennington 1 0
Pine 61 0
Pipestone 5 0
Polk 43 0
Pope 3 0
Ramsey 717 39
Red Lake 1 0
Redwood 3 0
Renville 6 0
Rice 48 1
Rock 19 0
Roseau 1 0
Scott 100 1
Sherburne 88 1
Sibley 2 0
St. Louis 89 11
Stearns 1,161 4
Steele 37 0
Stevens 1 0
Swift 2 0
Todd 26 0
Traverse 2 0
Wabasha 12 0
Wadena 4 0
Waseca 12 0
Washington 193 12
Watonwan 18 0
Wilkin 11 3
Winona 68 15
Wright 73 1
Yellow Medicine 3 0
Unknown/missing 20 0