MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota health officials reported another 7,559 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, marking the third time this week that new infections broke the benchmark of 7,000 cases. Additionally, 31 more people with the virus have died.
These numbers are another record-breaking week in Minnesota, as both Thursday and Saturday set daily records for new cases. In the last four days, about 30,000 Minnesotans have tested positive for the virus.
Meanwhile, the hospital has held record levels in the past one week. As of Thursday, more than 1,400 people with COVID-19 were in hospitals in Minnesota, with approximately 300 patients in intensive care.
In the last 24 hours, more than 63,000 tests have been processed for Minsoton, setting yet another daily record.
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In the past two months, the state has invested heavily in testing to open free trial sites in Minnesota. Next week, 11 more sites will open, mostly in the armies of the Minnesota National Guard. Additionally, the state’s mail-in testing program is now available statewide.
Health officials are encouraging people to get tested, especially youth between 18 and 35 years old. Officials say this demographic is contributing to the spread of the virus and should be tested despite showing symptoms, especially if they plan holidays during family trips.
To curb the spread, Gov. Tim Timmz imposed restrictions this week ordering bars and restaurants to close at 10 pm. In addition, social gatherings, whether inside or outside, should now be limited to 10 people.
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Since the onset of the epidemic in March, Minnesota has prolonged 223,581 cases of coronavirus. Of them, more than 172,000 have been recovered and no longer need to be isolated.
Minnesota’s COVID-19 death toll is currently 2,905. Most of the victims have been long-term carers. In the most recent fatal cases, 18 of the victims were in such facilities.