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Region’s COVID-19 deaths near 50 with 3 new reports

All three of the newly reported deaths were among those between 90-94 years old, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

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Three more north-central Minnesota residents are dead due to complications from COVID-19 as of Tuesday, Oct. 20, bringing the death toll to 48 in the seven-county region.

Nineteen have occurred in the last 11 days. Reported Tuesday were two additional deaths in Mille Lacs County and one death in Todd County. All three of the newly reported deaths were among those between 90-94 years old, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

While Crow Wing County accounts for the bulk of regional deaths with 21 total, Mille Lacs and Morrison counties are leading the way in the current uptick. The deaths of seven Mille Lacs County residents have been reported since Thursday, Oct. 15, bringing the total to 10. The day before on Oct. 14, the health department noted three deaths there. Morrison County has recorded five deaths since Thursday.

The majority of those area residents who’ve died in recent days were in their 70s, 80s and 90s, with one in their 50s succumbing in Morrison County. Information concerning whether these individuals suffered from underlying conditions was not provided, although at least six of those who’ve died were reportedly residents in congregate living facilities.

In the seven-county area, just Wadena County has yet to report a COVID-19-related death.

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COVID-19 data as of Oct. 20

  • Aitkin — 156 (+16 since Friday, Oct. 16), with two (+1) deaths.

  • Cass — 320 (+31), with five (+1) deaths.

  • Crow Wing — 915 (+108), with 21 deaths.

  • Mille Lacs — 360 (+31), with 10 (+3) deaths.

  • Morrison — 629 (+93), with six (+1) deaths.

  • Todd — 732 (+75), with three (+1) deaths.

  • Wadena — 198 (+28).

NOTE: These numbers are cumulative since March 21 and many are out of isolation. The number of those no longer needing isolation is not reported on a county-level basis by the state.

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