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New Winona County COVID-19 cases range in age, 19 more cases announced

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Nineteen more COVID-19 cases in Winona County were announced Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Health, raising the county’s total to 5,495 as of Tuesday morning.

No additional deaths were announced, leaving the total at 52.

Of the county’s first 5,491 cases, 18 to 24 years old is the most common age group with 1,449 of the cases — about 26% — falling within this range, according to Winona County Health and Human Services.

But, newer cases aren’t exactly following this trend. As of Monday, this age group is tied for the most active cases. Both 18 to 24 years old and 50 to 59 years old have 23 active cases each in the county.

The 10 years old or younger age range is close behind with 21 active cases.

There are also 20 residents between 60 and 69 in the county with active cases.

In total, in Winona County, there were 149 active cases as of Monday.

The city of Winona continues to be the most common location for cases, with 400 cases in the 30 days prior to Monday.

Other communities with more than 20 cases in those 30 days include Lewiston with 55 cases, Saint Charles with 59 cases, Minnesota City with 35 cases, and Altura with 23 cases.

The infection rate in the county had reached 11% as of Monday.

As for vaccinations in the county, 54.4% of Winona County’s population had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday, according to MDH.

Of the county’s population, 52.3% have received a full vaccine series against the disease.

In the county, 91% of residents 65 years old or older, 71% of residents between 50 and 64 years old, 48% of residents between 18 and 49 years old, 58% of residents between 16 and 17 years old, and 55% of residents between 12 and 15 years old have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

For further information about COVID-19 in Winona County, visit Winona County’s website at www.co.winona.mn.us or MDH’s website at www.health.state.mn.us.

Pfizer says new data suggests a third dose of its COVID vaccine can strongly increase protection against the delta variant.

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