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Minnesota reports 4 more COVID-19 deaths, rising cases linked to social gatherings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Minnesota Department of Health reported another 862 cases of COVID-19 in its daily update on Friday, after a significant jump in cases reported on Thursday due to a backlog of tests.

On Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Health reported that it is working through a backlog of nearly 19,000 COVID-19 tests from a Minnesota lab, which would impact the daily case numbers for a few days.

Health officials noted at a news conference on Friday that in recent weeks the Department has also noticed a recent trend in daily cases increasing.

"In general we are seeing some upticks in our numbers that are concerning," MDH Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann said during the news briefing.

Ehresmann said the Department has received 1,086 complaints of noncompliance with executive orders in the state, with noncompliance with masking as the number one category.

"We continue to see a very disturbing trend of increasing cases. And we're seeing many, many more cases that are linked to social outbreaks. We've had 76 social outbreaks to date with 562 people affected, and we're continuing to see that as our primary source of spread at this point," Ehresmann said.

A total of 73,240 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state to date, including 8,088 health care workers, MDH said. Find a list of how many cases have been reported in each county here.

Health officials reported that 65,204 of those who tested positive for COVID-19 no longer need to be isolated.

The Department reported more than 16,300 COVID-19 tests in Friday's update, bringing the total number of tests completed in the state to about 1,443,344. MDH said about 1,101,710 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Minnesota, noting that some people get tested more than once.

Health officials also reported in Friday's update that four more people have died from COVID-19 in Minnesota. MDH said two of the people who died were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

A total of 1,810 people have died from COVID-19 in Minnesota, MDH said. The Department said 1,333 of those who died were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

As of Friday, there are 301 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Minnesota, including 137 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the ICU. That's two fewer patients hospitalized in the ICU, and two fewer patients hospitalized not in the ICU than the Department reported on Thursday.

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

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