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COVID In Minnesota: MDH Reports 779 New Cases, 7 More Deaths

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) -- Sunday morning, health officials in Minnesota reported 779 new cases of COVID-19 and seven more deaths from the virus.

The latest figures from the Minnesota Department of Health put the total case number at 473,567, and total deaths have climbed to 6,376.

Minnesota ranks 35th per capita in the country for the number of deaths and 47th per capita in new cases over the last two weeks, according to The COVID Tracking Project.

Of the deaths reported Saturday, two occurred in a long-term care facility. Five of the seven who died were over the age of 65, while one 40- to 44-year-old died in Dakota County and a 55- to 59-year-old died in Hennepin County.

Nearly 890,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered. The MDH reports 661,187 people have received at least one dose, and 227,551 have been administered the full series.

Minnesota ranks 24th among states in doses administered per 100,000 people, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since the start of the pandemic, 25,156 cases have required hospitalization and 5,190 of those cases were in the intensive care unit.

In the last 24 hours, the state processed 27,155 tests. Nearly 3.4 million Minnesotans have been tested since the pandemic began.

On Friday, Gov. Tim Walz announced loosened COVID restrictions, calling them "cautious, common sense adjustments." The changes took effect Saturday at noon, increasing indoor capacity limits for businesses and allowing restaurants to stay open until 11 p.m.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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