After two years of waiting, the Steele County Free Fair is BACK, and I couldn't be more excited! However, we may see a spike in coronavirus cases due to the large gathering.

(Dear COVID-19,

Haven't we lost enough already? Just GO AWAY!

Sincerely, 

Everyone)

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According to data from the Mayo Clinic, Steele County is a new 'hot spot' in Minnesota.

Based on our 7-day average, this county can expect to see 18 new cases a day, but when scaled out to a 'standard population' of 100,000 people, that number sits at 50. That is a high number compared to other counties.

 In fact, it's actually the highest number compared to other MN counties. 

Waseca County is a close second based on the average cases per 100,000 people. 

The average number of cases in Waseca county is 9. In other words, per 100,000 people, we'd see 49 new cases. 

Mayo Clinic

Other counties with high average case counts per 100,000 people include:

  • Beltrami County (34 cases per 100,000 people)
  • Brown County (32 cases per 100,000 people)
  • Chisago County (31 cases per 100,000 people)
  • Clearwater County (45 cases per 100,000 people)
  • Douglas County (36 cases per 100,000 people)
  • Fillmore County (31 cases per 100,000 people)
  • Freeborn County (34 cases per 100,000 people)
  • Grant County (33 cases per 100,000 people)
  • Houston County (37 cases per 100,000 people)
  • Hubbard County (30 cases per 100,000 people)
  • Jackson County (31 cases per 100,000 people)
  • Kanabec County (31 cases per 100,000 people)
  • Kandiyohi County (43 cases per 100,000 people)
  • McLeod County (30 cases per 100,000 people)
  • Mower County (45 cases per 100,000 people)
  • Nobles County (35 cases per 100,000 people)
  • Pine County (38 cases per 100,000 people)
  • Sherburne County (30 cases per 100,000 people)
  • Sibley County (34 cases per 100,000 people)
  • Traverse County (38 cases per 100,000 people)
  • Winona County (41 cases per 100,000 people)

According to the CDC, 19,503 residents in Steele County have at least one dose of the vaccine, and 18,110 are fully vaccinated.

Will this madness ever end? I'm personally ready to never hear the word COVID-19 again.