Daily COVID-19 case total up slightly in region

MANKATO — South-central Minnesota remains on track for another uptick in new COVID-19 cases this week, although the rate of growth is about in line with the previous week.

Area counties combined for 19 cases Wednesday, up from the 13 confirmed a week ago, according to Minnesota Department of Health data.

The numbers are a far cry from the 556 new cases confirmed on the last Wednesday of January, which occurred during a week with the highest case counts yet in 2022.

This week’s numbers are an underrepresentation of case spread to some extent, however, due to at-home test results not being reported.