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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - After peaking in early November, COVID-19 activity continues to trend downward in Olmsted County and across much of the state.

The weekly update from Olmsted County Public Health shows there were 368 new COVID-19 cases identified in the county last week. That is almost 500 fewer cases than were reported on November 9 as the surge in the pandemic was hitting this region and is the lowest weekly count reported since October 19th. Despite the drop, public health officials note the spread of the virus remains elevated in the Rochester area
with an average of 50 to 55 new cases detected daily.

Statewide today, the Minnesota Department of Health reported another 34 coronavirus related deaths, including two deaths in Freeborn County. The daily update reports 1237 new infections with 64 of the new cases in Olmsted County. The testing total for Tuesday was just over 14,700 and the daily testing positivity rate was about 8.4 percent.

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