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Minnesota reports 470 more COVID-19 cases, 12 more deaths

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Minnesota Department of Health reported on Wednesday that 12 more people have died from COVID-19 in the state.

This is the first time MDH has reported a daily COVID-19 death toll higher than single-digits since July 2. Health officials reported that nine of the people who died were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

A total of 1,678 people have died from COVID-19 in Minnesota, MDH said. Health officials reported that 1,260 of those who died were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

MDH also reported in Wednesday's update that 470 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.

Seven of the cases were reported in SE Minnesota. Four were in Fillmore County, two in Houston County, and one in Winona County, MDH said. Find a list of how many cases have been reported in each county here.

A total of 62,303 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Minnesota to date, including 6,963 health care workers, MDH said.

The Department said 55,855 of those who tested positive for COVID-19 no longer need to be isolated.

Health officials also reported more than 10,900 newly-completed COVID-19 tests in Wednesday's update, bringing the total number of tests completed in the state to about 1,188,288. MDH said about 952,785 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Minnesota, noting that some people get tested more than once.

As of Wednesday, there are 335 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Minnesota, including 154 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the ICU, MDH said. That's seven more COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the ICU, and nine fewer patients hospitalized not in the ICU than the Department reported in Tuesday's update.

Health experts have stated that most cases of COVID-19 do not require hospitalization.

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