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Minnesota Update: Houston County sees new COVID death

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WXOW) - A Houston County resident dies from complications from COVID-19 according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

The person who passed away was between 60-64 years old. It is the 16th death from the virus to date.

In Wednesday's MDH figures, 15 more people died from COVID-19 in the state.

To date, a total of 7,255 people have died from COVID-19 in Minnesota, the Department reported. MDH said 4,378 of those who died were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Numbers released Wednesday from the Minnesota Department of Health show nearly 2.2 million state residents have finished the COVID-19 vaccination process.

Overall, the figures show 2,199,544 people or 39.5 percent have completed the vaccination series according to the state's vaccination dashboard

Among the total population, MDH said 2,676,919 persons, or 48.1 percent, have received a first dose of the vaccine. 

MDH figures as of Monday, the data most recently available, show that 51.4 percent of all Houston County residents have received the first dose. 46.3 percent of the county's population is finished with the vaccine series. 95.4 percent of those 65 and over have had at least one dose of the vaccine according to MDH.

Winona County has had 45.8 percent of its population get at least one dose, while 41.7 percent have completed the vaccine series. 87.8 percent of those 65+ have had at least one dose of the vaccine.

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State health officials also reported in its update there were 919 more people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Minnesota. The cases were tested through a combination of PCR and antigen tests. 

Houston County had one new case while Winona County and Fillmore County each reported two. For a list of how many cases have been reported in each county click here.

A total of 590,436 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Minnesota, including 42,021 health care workers, MDH said. Health officials said 41,349 of the state's cases were reported through positive antigen tests, rather than PCR tests, so they are considered "probable cases."

Health officials said 573,350 of those who tested positive for COVID-19 in Minnesota no longer need to be isolated.

MDH also reported that the total number of tests completed in the state is 9,556,213. The Department reported that about 4,138,721 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Minnesota, noting that some people get tested more than once.

MDH also said a total of 31,164 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state to date. This includes 6,339 patients who have been hospitalized in the ICU.

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