COVID web 7-17

The Free Press

MANKATO — After several weeks of steady totals, south-central Minnesota had a jump in new COVID-19 cases over the last week.

The region’s 51 new cases between July 10-16 were a 76% increase from the previous week, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Health. The four weeks leading up to July 10-16, in order from most recent to least recent, had 29, 28, 23 and 24 new cases.

Friday’s 10 new cases contributed to the jump. It was the second straight day the region had an uptick in the double digits. The region had zero days in the double digits between May 29 and July 6.

Nicollet and Martin counties each had three of the new cases Friday. Blue Earth and Watonwan counties each had two.

Minnesota had three more COVID-19 deaths confirmed statewide. The state’s pandemic death toll rose to 7,635.

One of the deaths was someone age 20 to 24 from Itasca County with underlying conditions. The Star Tribune reported that it was Minnesota’s 17th virus death of someone younger than 30.

Blue Earth County’s rise from 12 to 22 new cases over the last two weeks was the biggest factor in the south-central region’s rise in cases. Five other counties had smaller rises during that span.

Nicollet County went from two new cases to seven, while Watonwan and Sibley counties ended their runs of weeks with zero cases. Waseca and Martin counties were the other two in the region to have rises in cases.

Brown and Faribault counties had fewer new cases over the last week. Le Sueur County’s case counts stayed the same.

On vaccines, the region’s rate rose slightly Friday. About 60.4% of area residents 16 and older have at least one dose.

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