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Minnesota COVID-19 deaths near 1,000; new cases reported in area

Minnesota saw its largest increase in single-day deaths thus far in the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, according to data released from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Thirty-five new COVID-19 deaths were reported Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health. Provided

The state agency said 35 people died, including people from Anoka, Benton, Dakota, Hennepin, Itasca, Ramsey and St. Louis counties. The people ranged in age from their 30s to over 100, and 27 were in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Two were from group homes or residential behavioral health settings, and six were from private residences.

The state agency said Freeborn County reported five new cases, pushing its total to 102, and Mower County had 16 new cases, increasing its total to 231.

The Freeborn County Public Health Department stated one of the county’s new cases was in their 30s and four were in their 40s. Nine people have been hospitalized at some point during their illness.

Numbers are not available on the county level about how many people have recovered and are out of isolation.

The state department said Steele and Waseca counties each had one new cases, increasing their totals to 149 and 25, respectively. No new cases were reported in Faribault County.

Statewide, there were 493 newly reported cases, increasing the state’s total cases to 22,947. Of that number, 16,655 people no longer need to be in isolation.

The number of deaths across the state is at 967, including 787 who resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities. The department stated 606 were hospitalized as of today, including 242 in intensive care.

Across the state, Hennepin County has had the largest number of cases with 7,695 cases and 581 deaths. The next highest counties are Ramsey County with 2,698 cases and 110 deaths, and Stearns County with 1,995 cases and 12 deaths.

Olmsted County has had 582 cases and 10 deaths, and Rice County has had 423 cases and two deaths.