KARE-11 reported that six Minnesota counties, including Stevens, now have COVID-19 case rates high enough for the state to recommend full distance learning for schools in their counties. It was based on new weekly school guidance data released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health. The other counties falling under the full distance learning recommendation are Blue Earth, Lyon, Waseca, Winona and Yellow Medicine. The majority of counties in the state now fall under recommendations for at least some level of hybrid in-person and distance learning.

The guidance is based off data reflecting case rates per 10,000 people from August 23 to September 5. State officials emphasized that the case data alone does not automatically determine the learning plan for a particular county or school district, but is meant to be used as guidance for decision-making.

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