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More than 430 people are hospitalized in Minnesota with COVID-19, an increase of about 80 from a week ago, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The number of deaths has increased in recent weeks, too.
While the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be waning, more than 400 people have been hospitalized with the disease every day since May. The number of deaths each week has been three dozen to four dozen in recent months.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have fallen in recent weeks, but 6,400 people contracted the coronavirus, more than 400 were hospitalized and several dozen died in the most recent weekly update from the Minnesota Department of Health. The number of cases would be higher if home test results were included.
The Swensson Farm Museum near Montevideo offers visitors a glimpse into not only the county's agricultural past, but also into the life of Olof Swensson and his family. The farm is also home to the annual Horse Power Event, which brings the farm back to life with horse-powered agricultural tasks such as haying and mowing, along with live demonstrations of lefse making, butter churning and cider pressing.
COVID-19 numbers held steady in the west central Minnesota region throughout the last week, with 544 new cases and three deaths reported in the 11-county region tracked by the West Central Tribune.
The state reported more than 9,000 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 30 new deaths in the third week of August.

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The number of COVID-19 cases reported in west central Minnesota dropped in the past week, but the state saw nearly 10,000 new cases again. Thirty new deaths were added to the state's pandemic total in the past week. The total deaths in Minnesota attributed to the coronavirus passed 13,000 a few weeks ago.
An analysis by Klein McCarthy Architects offers options to address Chippewa County facilities needs, which come with a price tag of more than $30 million.
Statewide, about 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported to the Minnesota Department of Health last week. The state's death toll from the pandemic surpassed 13,000 in the past week. The number of cases is probably much higher, because cases identified by a positive home test are not reported to the state.

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