Only one new coronavirus case in region

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Jun. 28—For the fourth time this month only one new coronavirus case was reported in south-central Minnesota.

Waseca County had the only new case in The Free Press coverage area, according to data released Monday from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Watonwan County has now gone two weeks without a single new case, and Brown County has gone one week.

It's been nearly a month since the number of regional cases reached the double digits.

Across Minnesota, 82 confirmed or probable cases were reported Monday and five deaths.

All of the deaths were among people less than 75 years old, including someone in their 30s.

Six more state-run COVID-19 testing sites in Minnesota will end operations this week.

The community testing sites in Albert Lea, Crookston and Wadena all close on Tuesday. Locations in Chisholm, Hutchinson and Morris will stop testing Wednesday. That follows the closure of three sites in the Twin Cities last week.

Seven state-run sites will remain open, including in Mankato.

The rate of tests coming back positive has fallen below 1%, mirroring statistics only seen in April 2020.

The trend of new COVID-19 cases in Minnesota remained under a 100-per-day average Monday after reaching the milestone over the weekend.

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.

Known, active COVID-19 cases in Minnesota dropped to 816 in Monday's data, staying below 1,000 for the eighth consecutive reporting day. It's part of a stunning drop since May 1, when Minnesota had more than 15,000 active cases.

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