The death was among 31 confirmed statewide Wednesday, raising Minnesota’s pandemic toll to 8,140.
A COVID-19 death is confirmed when a person tests positive for the illness, followed by a medical examiner determining it caused the fatality. People who tested positive in the past then later died from unrelated causes wouldn’t count as a COVID-19 death.
Blue Earth County’s pandemic death toll rose to 48, the second-highest in the region behind Nicollet County’s 49. Per 10,000 residents, however, Blue Earth County has the lowest death rate in the region.
The 15 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in south-central Minnesota so far in September are the most in a month since March. August had 10 confirmed COVID-19 deaths.
The area resident was between 95-99 years old, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
Ages of the deceased ranged from a Ramsey County resident between 35-39 years old to the 95- to 99-year-old in Blue Earth County. Vaccination statuses of individuals aren’t publicly available, although the most recent data showed the vast majority of Minnesotans who’ve died from COVID-19 were unvaccinated.
Area counties also combined for 97 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, a rise from the previous Wednesday’s 68. Blue Earth County’s 17 new cases were the most in the region.
The full list of new cases confirmed Wednesday includes:
Blue Earth County — 17Brown County — 16Nicollet County — 13Le Sueur County — 12Faribault County — 10Martin County — 10Waseca County — 8Sibley County — 7Watonwan County — 4