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Slight increases in COVID-19 cases for area counties

Several area counties saw slight increases in lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

COVID-19 deaths across the state increased to 638 on Wednesday. Provided

Steele County saw the largest increase with four new cases, pushing its total cases to 77.

Freeborn County had one new case and has now had 47 cases. The new case is a person in their 30s, according to Freeborn County Public Health.

Of the county’s total cases, 19 are active, and 28 are out of isolation.

The Minnesota Department of Health stated Mower County had three new cases, pushing its total to 48, and Waseca County had two, pushing its total to 18. No new cases were reported in Faribault County.

Statewide, total positive cases increased to 12,917 cases. Of the total cases, 8,787 are no longer in isolation, and 638 people have died, an increase in 24 from the previous day. Of the total deaths, 517 resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities.

The Minnesota Department of Health stated 494 people are hospitalized as of today, including 199 in intensive care.

The highest number of overall cases have been reported in Hennepin County, with 4,183 cases and 426 deaths. Counties with the next highest numbers are Stearns County with 1,558 cases and Nobles County with 1,290.

Ramsey County has had 1,124 cases, and Anoka County has had 640 cases. Olmsted County has had 385 cases, and Rice County has had 153.

The department stated 122,035 tests have been completed, including 15,584 through the Minnesota Department of Health’s public health lab and 106,451 through external laboratories.