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COVID-19 cases plummet in western Minnesota

By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News
Swift County hasn’t seen a new COVID-19 case since June 10 and has only recorded four cases in June. That is significant improvement from the 38 cases in May and the 88 in April. And it is a long way from the dark days of the pandemic when the county registered 368 cases in November.

Stevens County has seen just one COVID-19 case in June, Big Stone County two cases, Pope County four cases and Chippewa County four cases.

While these numbers are encouraging, the vaccination rates of rural Minnesota counties doesn’t hold as encouraging news.

“Looking back to April, there has been a continual decline in positive tests,” SCBHS Co-CEO and Chief Nursing Officer Melissa McGinty-Thompson told the facility’s governing board at its meeting Monday night. “That is very exciting for us. There have been two weeks without a positive test...”
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