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St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - State health officials continue to report a high number of coronavirus related deaths in Minnesota but hospitalizations involving people ill from the new virus continue to drop.

The Minnesota Department of Health today reported another 87 COVID-19 deaths statewide. The list of the people who died includes a resident of Winona County in their early 80s and a Goodhue County resident in their early 70s. One of the deaths reported today involved a resident of Hennepin County who was in their late 20s.

At last report, there were 1222 Minnesotans hospitalized due to COVID-19. 289 of those patients were in intensive care. It was the first time that number has been below 300 in over a month. The number of non-ICU patients was the lowest since November 8 at 933.

The State Health Department today reported 2775 new confirmed or probable COVID infections. 79 of those new cases were in Olmsted County. The testing total from yesterday was just over 42,000, which works out to a daily testing positivity rate of around 6.5 percent.

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