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Minnesota reports 8 new COVID-19 deaths, 1,001 more cases

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WXOW) -- The Minnesota Department of Health reported in its Friday update that eight more people have died from COVID-19 in Minnesota.

MDH said two of the eight who died were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

A total of 6,412 people have died from COVID-19 in Minnesota, the Department reported. MDH said 4,029 of those who died were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

State health officials also reported in Thursday's update that another 1,001 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Minnesota. The cases were tested through a combination of PCR and antigen tests.

Three cases each were reported in Houston and Fillmore counties, MDH said. Six new cases were in Winona County. Find a list of how many cases have been reported in each county here.

A total of 476,292 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Minnesota, including 37,392 health care workers, MDH said. Health officials said 22,377 of the state's cases were reported through positive antigen tests, rather than PCR tests, so they are considered "probable cases."

MDH also reported 45,000 COVID-19 tests in Friday's update, bringing the total number of tests completed in the state to about 7,100,497. The Department reported that about 3,398,592 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Minnesota, noting that some people get tested more than once.

Health officials said 463,454 of those who tested positive for COVID-19 in Minnesota no longer need to be isolated.

According to the state's COVID-19 vaccine dashboard, 728,081 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Minnesota. This includes 286,543 people who have completed the two-dose vaccine series. The state said 13.1 percent of Minnesotans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 5.2 percent have completed the vaccine series.

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MDH also said a total of 25,368 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state to date. This includes 5,240 patients who have been hospitalized in the ICU.

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