MANKATO – Two recently confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Martin County brought the death toll from the south-central region in February from the disease to 15.
Martin County residents were between 60-64 and 85-89 years old, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
They were among 32 confirmed COVID-19 deaths across the country on Tuesday, raising Minnesota’s pandemic to 11,862.
The area of nine counties in southern Minnesota accounts for 464 deaths from COVID-19 during the pandemic. Martin County has had 58 of the region’s 464 deaths, giving it the second highest death rate per capita. 10,000 inhabitants – its neighbor, Faribault County, has the highest death rate.
February is so far at the same pace in terms of COVID-19 deaths as January. The latter ended with 30 deaths due to COVID-19, the lowest monthly number since September.
Cases, meanwhile, continue to trend downward after peaking in late January. The wave of the Omicron variant is still leading to high case numbers, even on its downturn, and it is unclear where case levels will fall to in the long run.
Area officers combined for 182 recently confirmed cases Tuesday. Blue Earth County accounted for the most with 48.
The full list of confirmed cases by county includes:
• Blue Earth County – 48
• Nicollet County – 27
• Brown County – 22
• Watonwan County – 21
• Le Sueur County – 19
• Martin Amt – 17
• Sibley County – 12
• Waseca County – 8
• Faribault County – 8