Minnesota reports 871 new confirmed COVID cases, 3 deaths
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials reported 871 newly confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday, the fourth straight day the state has reported more than 700 new cases.
The spike in new daily cases was one of the largest in Minnesota since May, the Star Tribune reported. But the increase came on a volume of about 16,272 completed tests, which is much higher than daily test tallies in May.
The new cases raise the total of confirmed infections in Minnesota since the pandemic started to 51,153.
Three new deaths also were reported Sunday, raising Minnesota’s death toll to 1,574. One of the newly reported death was a resident of a long-term care or assisted-living facility. Of COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota, 1,205 or about 77% are among residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities.
A total of 273 patients were hospitalized Sunday, down from 287 on Saturday. The number of patients requiring intensive care remained at 115 on Sunday. Daily counts for hospitalized patients in Minnesota have been trending down or holding steady in recent weeks.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.