Earlier this morning the Minnesota Department of Health released the latest set of 14-day COVID-19 Case Rate by County data online. The number of counties over the threshold of 50 cases per 10,000 residents went up from 1 to 6, with Waseca County having an average over 70.

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When a county reaches a certain number per 10,000 case thresholds it signals different rates of positive case growth, any county over 50 cases per 10,000 it is suggested to implement distance learning for all students. The other suggested thresholds for learning models per the Minnesota Department of Health are:

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The Bureau of Prisons' website states that the Federal prison in Waseca as of yesterday has had 76 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its inmate population and 2 confirmed cases among staff.

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Here are the 6 counties in Minnesota with an average over 50 as of September 17, 2020.

Blue Earth - 57.30
Lyon - 53.02
Stevens - 53.15
Waseca - 72.14
Winona - 67.65
Yellow Medicine - 55.74

Averages in counties like Rice, Olmsted, and Le Sueur went down with the latest set of data released. Here are the averages for other Southern Minnesota counties in alphabetical order.

Dakota - 21.19
Dodge - 6.80
Fillmore - 3.35
Freeborn - 13.10
Goodhue - 7.36
Houston - 10.18
Le Sueur - 27.16
Mower - 12.63
Olmsted - 12.74
Rice - 12.47
Scott - 17.37
Steele - 19.09
Wabasha - 9.77

In related news to the new 14-day average's released today, the Minnesota State High School League will be voting on Monday as to whether or not bring football and volleyball back to the fall season for play this year or leave it to be played this spring as it was announced in August.