ST. CLOUD — The tri-county area saw six additional deaths linked to COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the area’s death toll to 298 since the pandemic began in March.
The new data, released by the Minnesota Department of Health on Saturday, is from Thursday; the department did not post updates Friday due to the holiday and will post updates from Friday and Saturday on Sunday, which may make the newly reported case and death counts appear greater than normal.
There were an additional 57 deaths reported Saturday, for a new total of 5,107 since the start of the pandemic.
The state saw an additional 2,170 cases, including 73 additional cases in Stearns County, 32 in Sherburne County and 19 in Benton County. The state has now seen 406,545 cases — about 393,400 confirmed cases and 13,100 probable cases.
The tri-county area has had more than 28,000 cases since March.
The new totals for the tri-county area are:
- Benton County — 3,812 cases, 75 deaths
- Sherburne County — 7,496 cases, 56 deaths
- Stearns County —16,701 cases, 167 deaths
Of the newly reported deaths in the tri-county area, all residents were between the ages of 70 and 84. Benton County saw three new deaths linked to COVID-19, Stearns saw two and Sherburne saw one.
More than 2.9 million Minnesotans have been tested for COVID-19; of those who have tested positive, more than 382,000 no longer require isolation.
The state has conducted more than 5.3 million tests since the start of the pandemic.
Globally, there are nearly 80 million cases of COVID-19, including more than 18.7 million in the U.S., according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Research Center. More than 1.75 million people have died of the infection worldwide, including more than 330,000 people in the U.S.
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