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COVID cases spiked toward the end of 2020, just before vaccines made their way past tests and into the arms of healthcare workers in December.

And the top pick for the top 10 news stories of 2020, selected by the staff of the Chaska Herald.

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Chaska Herald top 10 stories of 2020, No. 1:

1. COVID-19

One that perhaps goes without saying, the pandemic affected just about every family, business and school this year throughout the world. From face masks to lockdowns to case increases, most everyone has felt the brunt of COVID-19 this year.

By mid-December 2020, Carver County saw over 6,000 cases, including nearly 30 deaths and over 200 hospitalizations, according to county data.