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First COVID death in Faribault Co.

By Chuck Hunt - Editor | Nov 29, 2020

Faribault County reported the first death due to COVID-19 on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The person was listed as between the ages of 60-65 according to the Community Health and Human Services of Faribault and Martin County.

Faribault County is fast approaching the 500 mark for confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March, but that is still far less than in neighboring counties.

As of Tuesday, Nov. 24, the number of cases in the county stood at 492, with 396 having recovered from the cornonavirus. There were 15 new cases reported on Tuesday. There were nine the day before on Monday, Nov. 23, 18 on Sunday, Nov. 22 and seven on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Of the 15 new cases, the ages of the persons ranged from 11 up to 93.

The new cases make a total of 95 active cases in Faribault County, with 14 of those being hospitalized. Thirty-seven persons total have been hospitalized in the county since the start of the pandemic.

Martin County has seen a significant rise in cases in recent weeks and has now topped the 1,000 mark. The total as of this past Tuesday is 1,002 confirmed cases since the pandemic started, and that is up over 150 since the week before. There are 166 active cases and nine of those are hospitalized. There have been 62 people hospitalized since the start of the pandemic, and there have been 20 deaths in Martin County due to COVID-19.

The estimated case rate per 10,000 for the past 14 days in Faribault County is 84.92 and in Martin County 108.70

In other neighboring counties, Blue Earth County has had 3,871 cases with 12 deaths, Freeborn County is at 1,446 cases and five deaths.

Statewide in Minnesota there have been 289,303 cases, up 6,399 from the day before, with 240,720 cases involving persons who no longer need to be in isolation.

There have been 15,766 persons who have needed hospitalization, with 3,611 of those having been in ICU and 3,375 deaths in the state as of Wednesday, Nov. 25, with 72 new deaths being reported.

There have been 3,956,949 COVID-19 tests administered in the state of Minnesota.