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Dakota County reported 222 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Oct. 1 and one new death from the virus.

Dakota County has the third-highest case surge by county in Minnesota today, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

The county has seen a significant increase in the number of daily cases over the past month, according to MDH, and is categorized as having a “high” level of community transmission by the Center for Disease Control of Prevention (CDC).

A "high" transmission is 100 or more cases per 100,000 people or a positivity rate of 10% or higher during which the CDC recommends everyone to wear a mask in public, indoor settings.

Dakota County currently requires all visitors to county buildings to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.

Daily COVID-19 cases in Dakota County have consistently been over 100 since the beginning of August. This comes after a low number of daily cases over July, June and May.

According to MDH:

  • 336 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported on Sept. 28
  • 109 new cases were reported on Sept. 29
  • 139 new cases were reported on Sept. 30

Even with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, Dakota County ranks the third-highest vaccinated county in the state only after Washington and Olmsted County, according to MDH.

Dakota County has an 80.3% fully vaccinated rate among residence aged 16 and older.

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Sophia Voight is a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette. She is from Oshkosh, WI and graduated from the UW Oshkosh with a bachelor's degree in Multimedia Journalism in 2021. She can be reached with any news tips at


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