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.
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.
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