New COVID-19 cases decline to 810 in Minnesota; most deaths among 50s, 60s

Lisa Schwarz
St. Cloud Times

Minnesota recorded its lowest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases since mid-March on Saturday, according to Sunday's daily report from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Another 810 Minnesotans were diagnosed and seven people died from COVID-19. Two of the victims were Wright County residents.

In Stearns County, cases rose by 26 to 22,077 to date, with the death toll holding steady for a fourth day at 221. Forty-six new cases were reported in Sherburne County, bringing its cumulative case count to 11,571 with 85 deaths. In Benton County, four new cases were reported Saturday. Its case count to date stands at 5,646 with 97 deaths.

Of the seven deaths reported Saturday in Minnesota, six victims were in their 50s or 60s and five of them lived at home. One was in their late 80s, and two lived in group residential settings.

With vaccination data current through Friday, MDH says 2,140,832 Minnesota adults have completed their vaccinations. 2,651,747 people have had at least one dose. Minnesota's population is about 5.6 million people.

Locally, 52% of Stearns County residents 16 and older have had at least one dose, according to the MDH. About 39% of Sherburne County residents 16 and older have received at least one dose. Benton County lags at 36%.

The number of people who tested positive reached 587,762 cases Saturday and 7,231 Minnesotans have died because of the disease since it was first detected in Minnesota in March 2020.

Since the start of the pandemic, 30,937 people have required hospitalization in Minnesota. Of those, 6,295 patients were admitted to intensive care units.

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