Seventy-seven Nobles County individuals currently have COVID-19 infections within the 10-day isolation period, according to the latest data released Friday by the Nobles County COVID-19 Joint Information Team. This represents a seven-person increase in current infections since the previous report.
Nobles County infection counts as reported Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health were 4,816 total confirmations, up just 13 from the previous report on Tuesday. There are 4,687 cases that are past the 10-day isolation, and there have been 52 COVID-related deaths in the county.
The 77 known, currently-infected residents fall into the following age ranges and are indicated along with the change from the previous report: birth-age 10, six (down one); 11-15, 14 (up one); 16-19, two (up one); 20-25, four (same); 26-50, 32 (up four); 51-64, 11 (same); and ages 65 and older, eight (up two).
Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said Wednesday that unvaccinated Minnesotans are 15 times more likely to require hospitalization for COVID-19 and 30 times more likely to die from the disease than vaccinated residents. She gave those figures Wednesday as the state health department began posting additional data as part of its weekly report on vaccine breakthrough cases, which normally comes out Mondays. Malcolm said the new data reinforces the key point that the current wave of COVID-19 infections is concentrated heavily among people who are not fully vaccinated, and that all age groups are at risk, not just older Minnesotans. Contact Nobles County (Public Health) at 295-5213 if interested in receiving a vaccine and/or with questions regarding receiving a vaccine.