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SWIFT COUNTY

COVID-19 cases have continued to increase across the state, and more people are hospitalized, though the number of deaths has not increased significantly, according to Minnesota Department of Health udpates. The numbers are likely higher than the state is reporting, as home tests are not reported to the state.
A look at the aftermath of the May 12, 2022, storm in west central Minnesota.
Storms that swept across South Dakota and western and central Minnesota on Thursday night brought damaging winds that downed trees and power lines and destroyed buildings.
The state reported nearly 3,000 new COVID-19 cases Friday, and more than 14,000 new cases in the past week. Deaths due to COVID-19 also increased slightly, as did the number of people in hospitals.

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A 49-year-old Benson man was northbound Thursday on Minnesota Highway 29 when his motorcycle left the road and entered the ditch.
COVID-19 cases have been increasing in Minnesota in recent weeks, with the positivity rate increasing from 3.3% a month ago to 9.7% in the past week. Deaths have not increased, but hospitalization numbers are climbing.
The overall area served by Countryside Public Health mirrored the state in vaccination and positivity rates during the pandemic, but the five counties and southwestern Minnesota as a region showed a higher death rate.
COVID-19 cases in west central Minnesota continue to inch back up, with 342 cases reported during the past week, up from 200 a week ago. One death was recorded.
The man convicted in a Swift County burglary in January was sentenced to prison, and probation violations are alleged in three past burglary convictions that resulted in stayed prison sentences.
New cases of COVID-19 are climbing, and the Minnesota Department of Health said this week that the case count has risen above the high-risk threshold. Hospitalizations and deaths have risen slightly in the past week, too. They generally start climbing several weeks after case counts rise.

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Despite the avian flu outbreak, experts state that consuming poultry and poultry-related products is safe for consumers.
Minnesota reported 877 new cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths on Friday. In the past week, the deaths of 24 people were added to the state total of more than 12,000 deaths. More than 1.37 million people have been found to be infected with the coronavirus.
The inventory of flocks in Minnesota diagnosed with H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza is 1.37 million as of Monday, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. Seven additional infection sites were announced Monday after being diagnosed in the past several days.

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