South Central Minnesota had four new COVID-19 fatalities confirmed Tuesday, bringing the region’s February death toll from the illness to 10.
The deaths occurred in a Martin County resident between 65-69, Faribault County residents between 85-89, a Faribault County resident between 90-94 and a Martin County resident older than 100, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Vaccination statuses for individuals aren’t publicly available.
They were among 48 confirmed COVID-19 deaths statewide. Minnesota’s pandemic death toll rose to 11,682.
The nine counties in south central Minnesota have combined for 459 deaths from COVID-19 during the pandemic.
Faribault County’s 48 COVID-19 deaths and Martin County’s 56 give them first and third highest death rates per 10,000 residents in the south central region, respectively. The counties also have two of the region’s three lowest vaccination rates.