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Twice this week, the Harvey County Health Department confirmed a resident died from COVID-19, the highest death count in a single week since the pandemic began five months ago.


On Wednesday the county announced a man in his 60s had died from the disease, the fifth death of a Harvey County resident with COVID-19. A day earlier, the county announced the death of a woman in her 50s.


This came on the heels of an announcement of a cluster of cases at Bethel College, where 46 positive tests for the coronavirus were found during registration and move-in on the college campus. There have been 482 individuals tested there.


Bethel required all students, faculty, staff and administrators to be tested for the coronavirus.


Harvey County has had 264 positive cases of the virus to date, including 258 confirmed and six probable cases. There are 52 known active cases in Harvey County. Three individuals remain hospitalized.


There have been 4,145 tests for COVID-19 conducted in Harvey County.


New cases announced Wednesday included:


• A woman in her 70s. This case is under investigation.


• A girl between 10 and 19 years old. This case is under investigation.


• A man in his 50s. He is a close contact of a known active case.


• A man in his 50s. He is a close contact in the family unit of a known active case.


• A man in his 50s. His source of exposure is unknown.


• A man in his 50s. This case is under investigation.


• A boy under 10 years old. He is a close contact in the family unit of a known active case.