COVID-19 cases reported in Minnesota passed the million mark this week as the world continues grappling with the Omicron variant and ongoing pandemic.
As of Thursday, there have been 1,022,212 COVID-19 cases in Minnesota reported by the state Department of Health. The Minnesota Department of Health did not report numbers on New Year's Eve.
Between Monday and Thursday, MDH reported 17 deaths of area residents. There were three Benton County residents who died, nine Sherburne County residents and five Stearns County residents, including:
One Benton County resident in their late 30s
One Benton County resident in their late 40s
One Benton County resident in their late 70s
One Sherburne County resident in their late 40s
One Sherburne County resident in their early 50s
Three Sherburne County residents in their late 50s
Two Sherburne County residents in their early 70s
Two Sherburne County residents in their late 70s
One Stearns County resident in their early 50s
One Stearns County resident in their early 70s
One Stearns County resident in their early 80s
One Stearns County resident in their late 80s
One Stearns County resident in their late 90s
There were 1,192 more cases reported in the tri-county area, including 143 more cases in Benton County, 424 more in Sherburne County and 625 in Stearns County.
From Monday to Thursday, MDH reported 210 more deaths from COVID-19 and 26,023 more cases. Statewide, there have been 10,516 deaths reported by MDH.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been:
10,048 cases and 140 deaths in Benton County
20,962 cases and 153 deaths in Sherburne County
37,185 cases and 311 deaths in Stearns County
Statewide, 67.4% of the total population has received at least one vaccine dose as of data reported Dec. 28, according to MDH. Benton, Sherburne and Stearns County all fall below the statewide vaccination rate, with 51%, 52.1%, and 54% of their total populations vaccinated, respectively.
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This article originally appeared on St. Cloud Times: 17 more COVID-19 deaths reported in St. Cloud area this week