(St. Paul, MN) The Minnesota Department of Health has included the counties of Big Stone and Lac qui Parle in their latest information regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of noon Monday, March 23rd, both have one person diagnosed with the virus. There are a total of 235 positive tests for the coronavirus and one death. The positive tests cover 31 counties across Minnesota.
The county breakdowns are as follows:
County / Cases
- Hennepin (89), Ramsey ( 24), Dakota (18), Olmsted (16), Washington (10),
- Carver and Martin (8), Anoka (7), Mower (6), Blue Earth, Scott, Stearns (5),
- Fillmore, Nicollet, Steele, Wright (3), Chisago, Clay, Dodge, Rice, St. Louis, Waseca (2)
- Benton, Big Stone, Cass, Jackson , Lac Qui Parle, Le Sueur , Renville, Sherburne and Wabasha (1)
Western Minnesota Working On Plan To Add Beds For Coronavirus Patients
(Benson, MN) -- Three counties in western Minnesota are considering a plan to turn part of a former privately-owned prison into a medical center for coronavirus patients. Hospital officials in Chippewa, Lac qui Parie and Swift counties have contacted prison owner CoreCivic about the idea. The company has indicated it is willing to make the space available for no charge. The Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton has been vacant for 10 years. It has space for 16 hundred beds, though the plan would start with just 11 rooms.