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Minnesota reports 21 more COVID-19 deaths, 690 more cases

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Minnesota Department of Health reported in its update on Friday that 21 more people have died from COVID-19 in the state.

Nine of the people who died were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

A total of 7,354 people have died from COVID-19 in Minnesota, including 4,405 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities, MDH said.

The department also reported in Friday's update that 690 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state. The cases were tested through a combination of PCR and antigen tests.

Nine of the cases were reported in Olmsted County, MDH said. Find a list of how many cases have been reported in each county here.

Courtesy: Olmsted County Public Health Services

A total of 597,731 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state, including 42,418 health care workers, the department said. Health officials said 42,727 of the state's cases were reported through positive antigen tests, rather than PCR tests, so they are considered "probable cases."

The department also reported 27,261 COVID-19 tests in Friday's update, bringing the total number of tests completed in the state to about 9,780,548.

State health officials said 583,021 of the people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Minnesota no longer need to be isolated.

According to the state's COVID-19 vaccine dashboard, as of Wednesday, 2,802,900 Minnesotans have received at least one dose of the vaccine. This includes 2,436,104 people who have completed the vaccine series. According to the state, this means 50.4% of all Minnesotans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, including 43.8% of Minnesotans who have completed the vaccine series.

MDH said a total of 31,699 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state to date. This includes 6,441 patients who have been hospitalized in the ICU.

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