Stearns County’s COVID-19 case count hit 2,200 Saturday and eight more Minnesotans died, according to data released Sunday by the Minnesota Department of Health.
In Stearns County, 33 new cases were reported Sunday, the largest one-day spike since May 23.
Meanwhile, Minnesota’s daily death tolls have now been in the single digits for eight days, low rates unseen since April. The state’s highest daily reported death toll was 35 people on May 28. So far, 1,425 Minnesotans have died.
One new case was reported in Benton County and five new cases were reported in Sherburne County in Sunday’s data, bringing their total caseloads to date to 208 and 291, respectively. No new deaths were reported Saturday in the three counties. The area counties’ death tolls stand at 19 for Stearns County, three for Benton and four for Sherburne.
Sunday’s report said 523 more Minnesotans tested positive for the virus on Saturday, up by almost 100 from the previous day’s new case count. To date, 35,549 people have tested positive in Minnesota; 1,425 have died. Patients younger than 40 account for more than 51% of all Minnesota COVID-19 cases.
The newly reported Minnesota deaths were in Anoka, Crow Wing, Dakota, Hennepin, Koochiching and Pipestone counties. One was in their 40s, two in their 60s, one in their 70s and four in their 80s. Six of the eight were patients in long-term care facilities or assisted living.
In Minnesota, 35,549 people have been tested for COVID-19 after more than 585,000 tests; 3,585 positive tests are among health care workers. More than 30,800 of those patients no longer need isolation.
As of Sunday, 288 people were hospitalized with COVID-19; 143 are in intensive care units. Since the start of the pandemic, 4,010 Minnesotans have required hospitalization.
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