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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - A deadly outbreak of COVID-19 at a long-term care facility in Olmsted County in December contributed to the deadliest month the county has experienced since the pandemic began.

Olmsted County Public Health hasn’t released the name of the facility but says the outbreak accounted for twelve of the deaths confirmed during December, nearly half the monthly total.

A total of 17 deaths were linked to outbreaks at long-term facilities in the county during December.

The agency’s latest numbers for the month of December show there were 26 confirmed deaths. That was nearly half the county’s overall 2020 total. The previous highest monthly death total was nine in April. The ages of those who died were in the 40s - 90s range.

OCPH says the total unofficial number of confirmed positive Covid cases in the county during December was 2,412.

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