Stearns County adds 2 COVID-19 deaths. Tri-county area adds 213 cases
ST. CLOUD — Stearns County added two deaths to its COVID-19 count on Monday, as the state added 13 pandemic-related deaths, according to Monday's report from the Minnesota Department of Health.
One of the Stearns residents was in their late 70s and the other was in their late 80s.
Minnesota added 2,948 confirmed cases and 200 probable cases in Monday's report. That includes 96 confirmed cases and one probable case in Stearns County, 71 confirmed and two probable cases in Sherburne County as well as 42 confirmed cases and one probable in Benton County.
The curve has started to flatten, marking a slow-down in new Minnesota case growth after a period of widespread new infections and high hospitalizations and deaths in the state from mid-October through mid-December.
The number of people who tested positive for the novel coronavirus reached a total of 423,688 cases on Monday, 3.6% of those determined through antigen testing, according to MDH.
Minnesota's confirmed COVID-19-related deaths reached 5,259 in Monday's report, plus 184 deaths tied to probable cases, according to the health department. Since the start of the pandemic, 64% of the deaths have been residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.
Here are the latest totals for counties around St. Cloud:
- Stearns County: 17,190 cases and 175 deaths.
- Benton County: 3,991 cases and 82 deaths.
- Sherburne County: 7,853 cases and 57 deaths.
New daily hospitalizations have declined since mid-November to early-December peaks in the 200s up to 300.
Since the start of the pandemic, 22,180 people have required hospitalization in the state.
According to MDH, 405,556 coronavirus patients no longer need isolation.
Globally, there are more than 85.2 million cases of COVID-19, including more than 20.6 million in the U.S., according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Research Center. More than 1.8 million people have died of the infection worldwide, including nearly 352,000 people in the U.S.
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