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All of Minnesota is currently under a high level of county transmission for COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last week, only four counties in the state were categorized as under a high level of transmission, now the entire state is experiencing a substantial increase of COVID-19 cases.

A "high" transmission is 100 or more cases per 100,000 people or a positivity rate of 10% or higher.

This week Dakota County saw daily cases in the 400s that haven’t been matched since December 2020.

Today, Sept. 24, Dakota County saw 149 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths from the virus, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

According to MDH:

  • Dakota County reported 124 confirmed cases of the virus and four deaths on Sept. 23
  • 132 confirmed cases were reported on Sept. 22 and one new death
  • 401 COVID-19 cases were reported on Sept. 21

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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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