Counties with the highest COVID-19 vaccination rate in Minnesota

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October 17, 2022
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Counties with the highest COVID-19 vaccination rate in Minnesota

The vaccine deployment in December 2020 signaled a turning point in the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of May 2021, 40% of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated. But as vaccination rates lagged over the summer, new surges of COVID-19 came, including Delta in the summer of 2021, and now the Omicron variant, which comprises the majority of cases in the U.S.

The United States as of Oct. 28 reached over 1 million COVID-19-related deaths and 97.4 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 68.4% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 7.3% of people have received the most recent bivalent booster dose.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in Minnesota using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and Covid Act Now. Counties are ranked by the highest vaccination rate as of Oct. 27, 2022. Due to inconsistencies in reporting, some counties do not have vaccination data available. Case count data based on Oct. 13 numbers reported by the Department of Health and Human Services. Keep reading to see whether your county ranks among the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in your state.

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#50. Lyon County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.1% (14,800 fully vaccinated)
--- 0.3% lower vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 306 (78 total deaths)
--- 28.0% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,820 (7,851 total cases)
--- 3.1% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#49. Waseca County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.3% (10,846 fully vaccinated)
--- 0.0% lower vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 226 (42 total deaths)
--- 5.4% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,904 (6,124 total cases)
--- 10.1% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#48. Faribault County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.4% (7,980 fully vaccinated)
--- 0.2% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 417 (57 total deaths)
--- 74.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,488 (4,299 total cases)
--- 5.3% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#47. Pope County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.8% (6,616 fully vaccinated)
--- 0.9% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 178 (20 total deaths)
--- 25.5% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,456 (3,651 total cases)
--- 8.6% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#46. Cass County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.8% (17,515 fully vaccinated)
--- 0.9% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 296 (88 total deaths)
--- 23.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,382 (8,154 total cases)
--- 8.4% less cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#45. Douglas County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.9% (22,447 fully vaccinated)
--- 1.0% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 333 (127 total deaths)
--- 39.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,833 (12,523 total cases)
--- 9.8% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#44. Swift County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.0% (5,465 fully vaccinated)
--- 1.2% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 356 (33 total deaths)
--- 49.0% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,908 (2,586 total cases)
--- 6.6% less cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#43. Chisago County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.0% (33,381 fully vaccinated)
--- 1.2% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 221 (125 total deaths)
--- 7.5% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,256 (16,553 total cases)
--- 2.1% less cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#42. Freeborn County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.1% (17,896 fully vaccinated)
--- 1.4% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 271 (82 total deaths)
--- 13.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 33,384 (10,109 total cases)
--- 11.7% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#41. McLeod County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.2% (21,262 fully vaccinated)
--- 1.5% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 326 (117 total deaths)
--- 36.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 34,344 (12,327 total cases)
--- 14.9% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#40. Mille Lacs County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.4% (15,601 fully vaccinated)
--- 1.9% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 464 (122 total deaths)
--- 94.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,392 (7,986 total cases)
--- 1.7% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#39. Stevens County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.5% (5,830 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.1% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 153 (15 total deaths)
--- 36.0% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,820 (3,120 total cases)
--- 6.4% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#38. Watonwan County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.6% (6,492 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.2% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 220 (24 total deaths)
--- 7.9% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,146 (3,285 total cases)
--- 0.8% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#37. Polk County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.9% (18,777 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.7% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 395 (124 total deaths)
--- 65.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,365 (10,151 total cases)
--- 8.3% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#36. Koochiching County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 60.0% (7,334 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.9% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 335 (41 total deaths)
--- 40.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,719 (3,512 total cases)
--- 3.9% less cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#35. Aitkin County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 60.1% (9,546 fully vaccinated)
--- 3.1% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 409 (65 total deaths)
--- 71.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,177 (3,523 total cases)
--- 25.8% less cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#34. Lac qui Parle County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 60.4% (3,999 fully vaccinated)
--- 3.6% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 453 (30 total deaths)
--- 89.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,074 (2,058 total cases)
--- 3.9% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#33. Stearns County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 60.7% (97,776 fully vaccinated)
--- 4.1% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 246 (397 total deaths)
--- 2.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 36,201 (58,311 total cases)
--- 21.1% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#32. Kittson County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.2% (2,631 fully vaccinated)
--- 5.0% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 698 (30 total deaths)
--- 192.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,594 (1,186 total cases)
--- 7.7% less cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#31. Anoka County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.2% (218,338 fully vaccinated)
--- 5.0% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 236 (842 total deaths)
--- 1.3% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,812 (113,542 total cases)
--- 6.4% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#30. Norman County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.7% (3,935 fully vaccinated)
--- 5.8% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 235 (15 total deaths)
--- 1.7% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,557 (1,693 total cases)
--- 11.2% less cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#29. Dodge County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.7% (12,921 fully vaccinated)
--- 5.8% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 110 (23 total deaths)
--- 54.0% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,873 (6,463 total cases)
--- 3.3% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#28. Houston County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.9% (11,506 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.2% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 113 (21 total deaths)
--- 52.7% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,183 (5,242 total cases)
--- 5.7% less cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#27. Mahnomen County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.3% (3,442 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.9% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 326 (18 total deaths)
--- 36.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 37,290 (2,061 total cases)
--- 24.7% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#26. Steele County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.3% (22,831 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.9% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 186 (68 total deaths)
--- 22.2% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,368 (11,496 total cases)
--- 4.9% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#25. Blue Earth County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.3% (42,167 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.9% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 164 (111 total deaths)
--- 31.4% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,096 (20,361 total cases)
--- 0.7% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#24. Nobles County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.0% (13,621 fully vaccinated)
--- 8.1% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 287 (62 total deaths)
--- 20.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 35,304 (7,636 total cases)
--- 18.1% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#23. Clay County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.7% (40,919 fully vaccinated)
--- 9.3% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 206 (132 total deaths)
--- 13.8% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 35,047 (22,508 total cases)
--- 17.2% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#22. Mower County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.8% (25,550 fully vaccinated)
--- 9.4% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 197 (79 total deaths)
--- 17.6% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,979 (13,212 total cases)
--- 10.3% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#21. Nicollet County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 64.1% (21,975 fully vaccinated)
--- 9.9% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 210 (72 total deaths)
--- 12.1% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,309 (9,360 total cases)
--- 8.7% less cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#20. Rice County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 64.7% (43,334 fully vaccinated)
--- 11.0% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 291 (195 total deaths)
--- 21.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,835 (19,981 total cases)
--- 0.2% less cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#19. Big Stone County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 65.1% (3,247 fully vaccinated)
--- 11.7% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 180 (9 total deaths)
--- 24.7% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,659 (1,630 total cases)
--- 9.2% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#18. Traverse County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 66.2% (2,159 fully vaccinated)
--- 13.6% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 338 (11 total deaths)
--- 41.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,518 (962 total cases)
--- 1.3% less cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#17. Carlton County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 66.3% (23,782 fully vaccinated)
--- 13.7% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 304 (109 total deaths)
--- 27.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,815 (10,695 total cases)
--- 0.3% less cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#16. Brown County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 67.1% (16,783 fully vaccinated)
--- 15.1% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 340 (85 total deaths)
--- 42.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,458 (7,617 total cases)
--- 1.9% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#15. Winona County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 67.3% (33,967 fully vaccinated)
--- 15.4% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 158 (80 total deaths)
--- 33.9% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,940 (15,115 total cases)
--- 0.1% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#14. Lake County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 67.8% (7,215 fully vaccinated)
--- 16.3% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 301 (32 total deaths)
--- 25.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,259 (2,475 total cases)
--- 22.2% less cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#13. Goodhue County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 68.1% (31,544 fully vaccinated)
--- 16.8% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 322 (149 total deaths)
--- 34.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,479 (15,051 total cases)
--- 8.6% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#12. St. Louis County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 68.7% (136,820 fully vaccinated)
--- 17.8% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 292 (581 total deaths)
--- 22.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,684 (57,101 total cases)
--- 4.1% less cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#11. Carver County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 69.2% (72,737 fully vaccinated)
--- 18.7% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 120 (126 total deaths)
--- 49.8% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,203 (30,689 total cases)
--- 2.3% less cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#10. Fillmore County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 70.3% (14,805 fully vaccinated)
--- 20.6% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 142 (30 total deaths)
--- 40.6% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,515 (5,586 total cases)
--- 11.3% less cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#9. Beltrami County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 71.1% (33,533 fully vaccinated)
--- 22.0% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 284 (134 total deaths)
--- 18.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,844 (13,611 total cases)
--- 3.5% less cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#8. Scott County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 71.3% (106,207 fully vaccinated)
--- 22.3% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 186 (277 total deaths)
--- 22.2% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,895 (46,037 total cases)
--- 3.3% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#7. Dakota County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 71.7% (307,708 fully vaccinated)
--- 23.0% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 195 (838 total deaths)
--- 18.4% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,357 (130,236 total cases)
--- 1.5% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#6. Washington County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 72.7% (190,681 fully vaccinated)
--- 24.7% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 202 (529 total deaths)
--- 15.5% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,040 (78,838 total cases)
--- 0.5% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#5. Ramsey County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 74.2% (408,451 fully vaccinated)
--- 27.3% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 261 (1,435 total deaths)
--- 9.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,306 (150,273 total cases)
--- 8.7% less cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#4. Wabasha County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 76.8% (16,614 fully vaccinated)
--- 31.7% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 88 (19 total deaths)
--- 63.2% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,694 (6,422 total cases)
--- 0.7% less cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#3. Hennepin County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 76.8% (971,792 fully vaccinated)
--- 31.7% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 217 (2,743 total deaths)
--- 9.2% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,846 (365,140 total cases)
--- 3.5% less cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#2. Olmsted County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 79.4% (125,638 fully vaccinated)
--- 36.2% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 131 (207 total deaths)
--- 45.2% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,933 (50,547 total cases)
--- 6.8% more cases per 100k residents than Minnesota
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#1. Cook County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 82.6% (4,512 fully vaccinated)
--- 41.7% higher vaccination rate than Minnesota
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 73 (4 total deaths)
--- 69.5% less deaths per 100k residents than Minnesota
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,022 (766 total cases)
--- 53.1% less cases per 100k residents than Minnesota

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