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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported 222 new cases of COVID-19 Oct. 15 and one new death from a 55 to 59 year old Oct. 15.

This week the county had a total of 914 new infections from the coronavirus.

Seven new deaths were reported this week, making this week the highest death toll from COVID-19 since April 2021. 

COVID-19 update 10/15

A total of 22 Dakota County are on the Minnesota Department of Health's list of schools that have had recent COVID-19 outbreaks.

Hastings Middle School is the list again from last week and won't be removed  from that list until they haven’t had a new case for 28 days, according to MDH.

Each week, MDH lists every school building that’s had five or more infections in students and staff over a two-week period. 

The list is updated every Thursday.

Dakota County still remains the third most vaccinated county for COVID-19 in Minnesota among ages 16 and older.

Over 80% of Dakota County residents 16 and older have completed their COVID-19 vaccine series.

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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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