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Minnesota reports 609 more COVID-19 cases, 39 more in Olmsted County

Graph of COVID-19 cases in Olmsted County
Courtesy: Olmsted County Public Health Services

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Minnesota Department of Health reported on Friday that 609 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.

Health officials said 39 of the newly-reported cases were reported in Olmsted County. The news comes after Olmsted County Public Health reported on Thursday that health officials have seen an increase in positive cases of COVID-19 in the community in recent weeks. A notable number of cases were reportedly linked to downtown Rochester bars. Individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 were asked to seek testing.

Courtesy: Olmsted County Public Health Services

A total of 40,767 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Minnesota to date, including 3,965 health care workers, MDH said. Find a list of how many cases have been reported in each county here.

Health officials said 35,442 of those who tested positive for COVID-19 in Minnesota no longer need to be isolated.

About 725,825 COVID-19 tests have been completed in Minnesota to date, including more than 19,000 newly-completed tests reported in Friday's update, the Department said.

The Department reported on Friday that five more people have died from COVID-19 in the state. One of the people who died was a resident of Olmsted County, MDH said.

Health officials said one of the people who died was reportedly a resident of a long-term care or assisted living facility, and the other four lived in private residences.

MDH said a total of 1,495 people have died from COVID-19 in Minnesota. The Department said 1,166 of those who died were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Health officials said there are 227 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Minnesota, including 124 people hospitalized in the ICU. That's eight more people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the ICU, and 32 fewer people hospitalized not in the ICU than the Department reported in Thursday's update.

Health experts have stated that most cases of COVID-19 do not require hospitalization.

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