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COVID deaths reported in Blue Earth, Freeborn counties

The Minnesota Department of Health reported seven coronavirus deaths Thursday, with Blue Earth and Freeborn counties each reporting a death. Both deaths involved a person in their late 60’s. The death in Blue Earth County was the 43rd of the pandemic; the 32nd in Freeborn County. Minnesota has seen a total of 7,484 COVID deaths.
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JWP families line up for COVID vaccines

A couple weeks after the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was authorized for teenagers as young as 12, parents and teens filtered into the wrestling room at Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton High School to receive their vaccines. “We’re in the stage where [the vaccines] have now been well-tested for children and adults,” said Amanda Logan,...
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COVID death in Waseca County

Sixteen new COVID deaths were reported over the weekend, which included a death in Waseca County. The death involved a person in their early 80’s and was the 23rd death in Waseca County. Another 968 new infections were reported over Saturday and Sunday, which included 12 cases in Blue Earth...
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One COVID death in Waseca County

MANKATO — A COVID-19 death was confirmed Saturday in Waseca County. The resident was the south-central region’s 242st fatality linked to the illness during the pandemic. The resident was between 80-84 years old, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. This is the 23rd death due to complications from COVID-19 in Waseca County. The county has had 2,326 confirmed COVID-19 cases during the pandemic.
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Freeborn County records 30th COVID death

A person in their early eighties in Freeborn County died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Friday. The death was one of 21 in the state, and the 30th death in Freeborn County. Twelve of Friday’s deaths involved private residents, while nine came from long-term care. Minnesota’s death toll is now at 7,354.
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New COVID death reported in Freeborn County

Freeborn County reported one new COVID-19 death on Friday, increasing the county’s total deaths to 30. The new death was a person between 80 and 84 years old. The county had three new COVID-19 cases on Friday and five on Thursday, and the active cases are at 21. The new cases Friday included one person in their 50s, 60s and 80s.
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Waseca County continues COVID-19 vaccine education as vaccination rate lags

Waseca County Public Health Director Sarah Berry said they’re continuing to educate residents about the COVID-19 vaccines. COVID-19 hospitalizations are down statewide and the number of confirmed cases is down, but the positivity rate is fluctuating, Berry told the Waseca County Board Tuesday. That means people are less likely to be tested for COVID-19, as well as quarantine, and the county can’t rely on the case count as solidly as it could six months ago, she said. The seriousness of the situation is improving as long as the COVID-19 variants remain predictable, she said.
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Albert Lea restaurant owner wanted for COVID violations arrested in North Iowa

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – A fugitive southern Minnesota restaurant owner has been arrested in North Iowa. Melissa “Lisa” Hanson, owner of The Interchange Wine & Coffee Bistro in Albert Lea was wanted on outstanding warrants for failing to appear for a court hearing. She’s facing criminal charges in Freeborn County and a civil lawsuit from the State of Minnesota for allegedly opening up her business in violation of Governor Walz’ coronavirus restrictions.
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Owner of Albert Lea wine bar that defied COVID orders is arrested in Iowa

The owner of a wine bar in Albert Lea that stayed open in defiance of Gov. Tim Walz's COVID-19 executive orders was arrested in Iowa. Clear Lake, Iowa, police arrested Melissa "Lisa" Hanson at 3:20 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, and she was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail, Clear Lake PD told Bring Me The News. She was released hours later after posting bail, J.D. Carlson, director of Albert Lea Public Safety, said.

Steele County leads southeastern Minnesota COVID-19 increase

Steele County’s increase in COVID-19 cases in the past month may have reached its peak. “We’ve had a spike in the southeast region and Steele County led that spike this last month, but I’m hoping we’re kinda on a downward slope now,” Steele County Public Health Director Amy Caron told the County Board Tuesday.