Daily COVID-19 update: Minnesota reports 77 new COVID-19 deaths
By Albert Lea Tribune and Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota health authorities reported 77 new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday — the second-highest one-day total of the pandemic — but this week’s figures have been affected by reporting lags due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
The new deaths raise the state’s total to 3,692. Minnesota highest one-day total was 101 cases last Friday, which reflected data from last Wednesday. The daily death tolls had been relatively low since then until now, but health officials have cautioned against reading too much into short-term fluctuations.
The Minnesota Department of Health also reported 5,192 new coronavirus cases to bring the state’s total to 327,477.
As of Tuesday, Minnesota hospitals were treating 1,604 COVID-19 patients, including 354 in intensive care.
The seven-day rolling average of the positivity rate in Minnesota is 10.65%, down from 15.28% two weeks earlier, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project. But The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths in Minnesota has risen over the past two weeks from 35 deaths per day on Nov. 17 to 44.57 deaths per day on Tuesday.
Any impacts on case numbers from the extended holiday weekend likely won’t be fully known for a few more days, as symptoms of COVID-19 emerge up to 14 days after someone is exposed.
Freeborn County reported 32 new COVID-19 cases and has now had 1,596 total cases.
According to the Freeborn County Public Health Department, 172 cases are considered active, and 29 people are currently hospitalized. Eighty-two people from the county have been hospitalized at some point during their illness.
The new cases included the following:
• One person between 5 and 9
• Two people ages 15 to 19
• Six people in their 20s
• Five people in their 30s
• Four people in their 40s
• Six people in their 50s
• Six people in their 60s
• One person in their 70s
• One person in their 80s
Faribault County reported nine new cases and has had 590 cases; Mower County reported 30 new lab-confirmed cases and two probable cases and has had 2,706 total cases; Steele County reported 35 new lab-confirmed cases and has had 2,056 total cases; and Waseca County reported 13 new cases and has had 1,418 total cases.
Minnesota COVID-19 cases, deaths
|County||Total confirmed cases||Total probable cases||Total cases||Total deaths|
|Lac qui Parle||391||7||398||4|
|Lake of the Woods||97||5||102||1|