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Martin County records 50th pademic death; 40th in Le Sueur County

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Two area counties hit COVID-19 milestones as the Minnesota Department of Health recorded 45 new virus deaths Monday.

The death of two residents – one in their 70’s; the other in their 80’s – accounted for the 49th and 50th death of the pandemic in Martin County.  In Le Sueur County, a resident in their early 80’s died, marking the 40th death of the pandemic in the county.  A resident in their early 80’s in Redwood County died, and in Mower County, a person in their early 70’s fell victim to the virus.  Monday’s deaths put Minnesota’s total at 10,156.

As of Friday, MDH reported 1,485 hospitalizations for COVID-19, including 366 patients who required intensive care.  Much of the state was suffering from a shortage of staffed ICU beds on Friday, with south-central Minnesota showing 9% ICU availability in a capacity report.

On Monday, 3,339 new infections were reported by MDH.  Here are case reports from a few local counties:

Blue Earth – 38 (3 probable)
Brown – 10
Cottonwood – 9 (2 probable)
Faribault – 10
Freeborn – 18 (2 probable)
Le Sueur – 17 (1 probable)
Martin – 15 (2 probable)
Nicollet – 14
Sibley – 5 (4 probable)
Waseca – 11 (16 probable)
Watonwan – 15

A breakthrough case report updated Monday shows 125,076 total breakthrough infections, with about 3.75% of those cases involving fully vaccinated residents.  Of those cases, there have been 5,026 hospitalizations and 938 deaths.  MDH says .028% of the breakthrough deaths involved fully vaccinated individuals.

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