by CHRIS ROGERS
Three more Winona County residents have died from COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported today. That brings the county’s death toll to 25. One of the deceased individual was in their early 80s, another in their early 90s, and one in their late 90s, according to the MDH. Another Winona County resident was recently hospitalized with COVID-19, according to county data.
Across the river, a Trempealeau County resident and a Buffalo County resident died from COVID, the counties reported yesterday. Now, a total of 11 Trempealeau County residents have passed away as a result of the virus, and four Buffalo County residents have.
This marks the largest one-day increase in COVID deaths in Winona County since this spring, when a tragic outbreak at a Winona nursing home claimed a total of 15 lives over a two and half months. It comes as infections are skyrocketing in Winona County and across the Upper Midwest. There were 372 new cases in the county in the last seven days — four times the weekly total in late October.
Out of 72 total deaths reported across Minnesota today, 51 were among nursing home and assisted living residents. Winona County officials weren’t immediately available to confirm whether the three Winona County residents who died lived in long-term care facilities.