MARSHALL (KMHL) – New weekly school guidance data from the Minnesota Department of Health shows Lyon County is among six Minnesota counties that COVID-19 case rates are enough to move to full distance learning.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, Lyon County now has 53 cases of COVID-19 per 10,000 people.

The distance learning level is 50 cases per 10,000.

Health officials also say Yellow Medicine, Blue Earth, Stevens, Waseca, and Winona Counties are the others at that level.

The statistics come from the latest reporting period the Minnesota Department of Health has publicly released Aug. 23 – Sept. 5.

State officials emphasize the case data alone doesn’t automatically determine the learning plan for school districts in a county.

Minneota Public Schools Superintendent Dan Deitte tells Marshall Radio the information they are using to make their decisions involves real time COVID-19 numbers. According to Deitte, that number is under 30 cases per 10,000 in Lyon County.

None of the school districts in Lyon County are moving to distance learning at this time.