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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - While it is still too early to declare it a trend, Olmsted County Public Health is reporting a significant drop in COVID-19 activity over the past week.

The latest numbers put the seven-day rolling average number of daily cases below 60 for the first time since mid-September. A week ago the rolling seven-day average was close to 80. The total number of cases reported dropped from nearly 550 last week to about 400 over the past week. The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also shows the percentage of positive test results in Olmsted County has fallen from over 9 percent last week to below 7 percent.

Olmsted County Public Health

The Rochester School District is also reporting a decline in COVID activity. The most recent update indicates there were 56 new infections confirmed among students and staff and just over 200 were directed to quarantine between October 11th and the 17th. Several weeks ago, while the school district was updating its COVID response plan, nearly 100 new cases were reported and nearly 450 students and staff were told to quarantine during the week that ended October 3rd.

Statewide, there have also been positive developments. the number of recorded active cases has fallen to a three-week low of just over 19,000 and the number of COVID hospitalizations has dropped below 930 after peaking at over 1000 last weekend.

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