The number of people dying from COVID-19 continues to rise in Douglas County.

Four new deaths in one day were reported in the county on Friday, Nov. 20 by the Minnesota Department of Public Health, bringing the death toll to 26. It's the county's largest single-day increase so far, surpassing the three deaths that were added on Nov. 18.

The latest victims were two people aged 85 to 89, and two between the ages of 90 and 94. The health department doesn't release more specific information about COVID-19 deaths, citing patient privacy.

The cumulative number of cases in Douglas County jumped to 1,963 on Nov. 20, which is up 84 from the 1,880 cases on Nov. 19 and up 1,351 from the 612 cases a month ago.

There are 554 active COVID-19 cases in the county as of Nov. 20, according to Horizon Public Health. In Horizon's five-county service area, which includes Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens and Traverse, there are 3,120 confirmed COVID-19 cases. The median age of those diagnosed with the disease is 42.

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Statewide, 68 new deaths were added on Nov. 20, bringing the total of 3,150. The cumulative number of confirmed cases in the state since the pandemic began now stands at 256,700.

The advice from local, state and federal health experts remains the same: Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from others, avoid large gatherings, wear a mask, wash your hands often and stay home if you are feeling sick.

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