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Olmsted County sees COVID rate drop, but not enough to lower transmission status

Counties surrounding Olmsted remain areas of medium COVID transmission status under federal guidelines.

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Olmsted County remains listed as an area of high community transmission of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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ROCHESTER — Olmsted County reported a 7.9% drop in new COVID cases during the past week, but it wasn’t enough to escape being labeled an area with high community transmission.

With 213.53 new confirmed cases per 100,000 residents, the county would need to see another 7% decrease to be lower to an area of medium transmission under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

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The rest of Southeast Minnesota currently sits in the medium status, with each county reporting less than 200 new confirmed cases per 100,000 residents but maintaining COVID-related hospitalization rates of more than 10 for the same population size.

The majority of the region reported 12.8 new COVID-related hospitalizations per 100,000 residents during a seven-day period, down from 13.4 a week earlier.

COVID case rates for counties throughout the region were:

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  • Dodge, 143.31 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents, for a 3.2% decrease.
  • Fillmore, 156.64 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents, for a 41.1% decrease.
  • Goodhue, 144.58 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents, for a 5.6% decrease.
  • Houston, 182.8 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents, for a 9.7% increase.
  • Mower, 134.79 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents, for a 63.6% increase.
  • Wabasha, 120.22 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents, for a 13% increase.
  • Winona, 140.64 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents, for a 26% decrease.

By comparison, the statewide rate of new confirmed COVID cases during a seven-day period rose nearly 3.9% with 185.2 reported per 100,000 residents.

Randy Petersen joined the Post Bulletin in 2014 and became the local government reporter in 2017. An Elkton native, he's worked for a variety of Midwest papers as reporter, photographer and editor since graduating from Winona State University in 1996. Readers can reach Randy at 507-285-7709 or rpetersen@postbulletin.com.
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