May 24—MANKATO — South-central Minnesota continued a stretch of low COVID-19 case totals Monday.
Six area counties combined for 14 newly confirmed cases, about in line with Saturday and Sunday's tallies, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
The south-central region and state also had no newly confirmed deaths linked to the illness. Minnesota's pandemic death toll remained at 7,370.
Nicollet County's seven new cases were the most in the region Monday. Blue Earth and Martin counties each had two.
Le Sueur, Waseca and Watonwan counties had no new cases. The full list of new cases by county includes:
* Nicollet County — 7
* Blue Earth County — 2
* Martin County — 2
* Brown County — 1
* Sibley County — 1
* Faribault County — 1
Statewide, Monday's COVID-19 data was packed with more signs the pandemic is in retreat. Active cases are down to their lowest level since mid-September. New daily cases have dropped significantly.
The vaccination pace, at about 40,000 shots a day, is starting to show some traction again after weeks of free-fall. The positive news comes as Minnesota prepares to end all remaining statewide COVID-19 restrictions later this week.
The count of known, active COVID-19 cases is down to 5,720 — its lowest point since mid-September and down dramatically from its most recent high of about 20,000 in mid-April, state health department data shows.