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Four COVID-19 deaths confirmed in south-central region

Feb. 8 – MANKATO – South-central Minnesota on Tuesday confirmed four new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the region’s February death toll from the disease to 10.

The deaths occurred in a Martin County resident between the ages of 65 and 69, a Faribault County resident between the ages of 85 and 89, a Faribault County resident between the ages of 90 and 94, and a Martin County resident over the age of 100. years, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The vaccination statuses of individuals are not publicly available.

They were among 48 confirmed COVID-19 deaths statewide. Minnesota’s pandemic death toll has risen to 11,682.

Minnesota’s nine south-central counties have totaled 459 deaths from COVID-19 during the pandemic.

Faribault County’s 48 COVID-19 deaths and Martin County’s 56 give them the first and third highest death rates per 10,000 population, respectively, in the south-central region. The counties also have two of the three lowest vaccination rates in the region.

Groundbreaking COVID-19 case data continues to show that vaccinated Minnesotans are much less likely to die or develop serious illness from COVID-19 than unvaccinated Minnesotans.

Counties in the region also combined for 338 new confirmed cases on Tuesday. The figure keeps the region on track for a further drop in cases this week, following last week’s drop.

The full list of confirmed cases by county includes:

—Blue Earth County — 101

—County of Nicolet — 49

—Le Sueur County — 37

—Martin County — 37

—Brown County — 33

—Watonwan County — 30

—Waseca County — 22

—County of Faribault — 22

—Sibley County — 7

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