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COVID-19 hospitalizations increased by more than 50 people in the most recent Minnesota Department of Health weekly update. The state had a daily average of about 750 new confirmed cases and seven deaths in the latest update.
Nets pulled this fall show that an eight-year-long effort to restore lake sturgeon to the waters of Big Stone Lake and Upper Minnesota River watershed is producing results.
COVID-19 cases in west central Minnesota counties held steady in the last week, according to the weekly situation update released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to increase by about 5,000 a week. Hospitalizations increased slightly in the past week, but the number of people in ICUs declined. Fifty-one people died because of COVID-19, while nearly 86,000 people got their booster vaccines.
The most recent state update indicates that Minnesota continues to report more than 5,000 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 each week. That does not include information about home tests. Nearly 60 people died of the disease during the week covered by the latest report, an increase over the week before.
The National Weather Service issued the red flag warning for extreme fire risk until 6 p.m. Sunday for multiple counties in southern Minnesota.

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More than 5,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported across Minnesota in the fourth week of October, and four dozen deaths were reported. Hospitalization numbers were down overall, but the number of people in ICUs increased.
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The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in west central Minnesota grew by nearly 100 in the third week of October. Hospitalizations doubled, from 11 the week prior to 23 last week.

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