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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A weekly update issued by Olmsted County Public Health shows the number of new COVID-19 infections in the county last week was the lowest in six weeks.

586 new cases were reported last week, which was down from the 708 new cases reported the previous week. The highest weekly total of the pandemic was 843 during the first week of November. While the number of new infections is dropping, the number of coronavirus-related deaths in the Rochester area is now up to 46 with 16 of the deaths reported this month.

The Minnesota Department of Health today reported an additional 92 COVID-related deaths that included elderly residents of Mower, Winona, Goodhue, and Freeborn Counties. The total was tied with December 3rd as the third-highest single-day death toll since the pandemic began.

Across Minnesota, the state health department today reported under 2300 new COVID cases with the daily testing positivity rate at around 13-percent. 70 of the new cases were in Olmsted County.

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