A COVID-19 death confirmed Wednesday in Faribault County was the south central region’s 24th this month.
The Faribault County Resident was between 75-79 years old, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The person was among 75 confirmed COVID-19 deaths statewide, raising Minnesota’s pandemic toll to 9,774.
Faribault County’s 36 confirmed COVID-19 fatalities during the pandemic, give it the highest death rate per 10,000 residents in the nine county region. It has about half as many COVID-19 deaths as Blue Earth County, which has the lowest death rate in the region, despite having about one-fifth of the population.
Overall, south central Minnesota has had 386 COVID-19 deaths during the pandemic. December is on pace to be the deadliest pandemic month yet.
Area counties also combined for 97 newly confirmed cases Wednesday. The new cases were a decline from the 106 confirmed one week ago.
The full list of new cases confirmed by County includes 4 in Faribault County and 5 in Martin County.