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Proposed by administrator December 22, 2021 – 12:05 p.m.

By Reed Anfinson
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Three more deaths from COVID-19 in Swift County were reported last week. Two were reported last Tuesday and one Monday morning.
Last Tuesday, the Minnesota Department of Health reported that a person aged 65 to 69 died along with a person aged 85 to 89. On Monday, MDH reported that another person aged 85 to 89 had died from COVID-19.
The three deaths bring the total number of COVID-19 deaths in Swift County to 28. There have been nine deaths from the disease since November 8 and six this month.
The eight deaths in Swift County since November 8 equal the total number that has been recorded in the other four Countryside Public Health counties combined. During that time, Big Stone County recorded two deaths, Chippewa County three, Speaking Lake County one, and Yellow Medicine County two.
On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention showed Swift County’s COVID-19 positivity rate of 6.56% in the past seven days. The CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) say the positivity rate should be 5% or less to slow the spread of COVID-19.
At Swift County-Benson Health Services, the positivity rate is below 5% for the first time in 19 weeks, Chief Nursing Officer and Co-CEO Melissa McGinty-Thompson told the SCBHS Board of Directors during her December 20 meeting.

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