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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.
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The Swift County Board of Commissioners and the Benson City Council have approved full affiliation agreements to join Swift County-Benson Health Services with CentraCare. The Swift County-Benson Hospital District Board is expected to approve the affiliation on Monday.
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.
City officials said the project represents a turning point for the city, which has been working to get its finances and operations back on track after loss of economic activity following the closing of the Prairie Correctional Facility in 2010.
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.

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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.
One of Sen. Torrey Westrom's opponents in the race for the new Senate District 12, Ashley Klingbeil of Alexandria, filed a petition with the Minnesota Supreme Court, asking the court to remove Westrom's name from the Nov. 8 ballot. She alleged he had not established residency in the new district and remained at his Elbow Lake home that is no longer in the district.
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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