MANKATO — The Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday confirmed a death from COVID-19 in Watonwan County, bringing the November death toll in the region’s nine counties to 17.
The resident was between 90 and 94 years old, according to the health department. Watonwan County has had 16 confirmed COVID-19 deaths during the pandemic.
Deaths were under 20 all through Tuesday, bringing the death toll from a Minnesota pandemic to 8,882.
The nine counties of south-central Minnesota together have caused 338 deaths from COVID-19 during the pandemic. Of the 338, about 17% have been confirmed in the past 40 days.
October was the second deadliest COVID-19 month for the nine-county region during the pandemic with 42 dead. The days of November 17th through 9th put the pace at stake to get even worse.
Data continues to show that unvaccinated Minnesotans die much more quickly from COVID-19 than vaccinated residents. The death rate among vaccinated residents has remained about the same since May, while it has been rising since July among unvaccinated residents.
Territory provinces also combined for 272 newly confirmed cases on Tuesday. It was a drop from the 317 new cases a week ago, although the health department noted there are still cases across the state that need to be processed as of the weekend.
“Over the past weekend, the growth in the number of COVID-19 cases outpaced admission capacity, resulting in a temporary backlog,” the health department said on Tuesday. “We are taking steps to increase staff capacity, but we expect this backlog will impact newly reported cases in the coming days.”
Blue Earth County’s 92 new cases were the most in the region. All nine provinces had at least six new cases.
The full list of new cases confirmed by county Tuesday includes:
- Blue Earth County — 92
- Nicolet County — 44
- Le Sueur County — 34
- Brown County — 34
- Waseca County — 20
- Faribault County — 18
- Sibley County — 12
- Martin County — 12
- Watonwan County — 6