No COVID deaths in state, just two new cases locally

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Jun. 29—MANKATO — There were no additional COVID deaths in Minnesota reported Tuesday and case numbers remained low.

In the local nine-county area just two new COVID-19 cases were reported by the Minnesota Department of Health, both in Faribault County.

The COVID-19 pandemic presence in Minnesota continues to recede, as cases and hospitalizations continue to fall, as did distributed vaccine doses.

The state reported 68 new cases, the third day with average daily cases remaining under 100.

That's down from nearly 500 cases a day a month ago, more than 1,600 a day two months ago — and more than 7,000 a day at the peak of the pandemic last November.

The seven-day average for vaccinations remains just over 10,000 shots per day. At the current pace, it will be mid-August before the state reaches its goal of getting at least one shot into 70 percent of residents 16 and older, which officials had initially hoped would happen by early July. Wide gaps remain between age groups and regions.

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