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Minnesota surpasses 50,000 positive COVID-19 cases

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota has surpassed 50,000 positive COVID-19 tests, health officials said Saturday.

Health officials reported 805 positive tests on Saturday, bringing the state statewide total to 50,291. Health officials said 5,882 health care workers have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began.

More than 43,600 people were marked as no longer needing isolation.

Minnesota’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by five to 1,571 as of Saturday. More than 1,200 of deaths have been among residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

A total of 4,889 people have required hospitalization. Of those, 287 remain in those facilities, with 115 in intensive care.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

Local cases

Freeborn County reported three new cases on Saturday, increasing its cumulative count to 336.

The new cases include one person in their 20s, one in their 40s and one in their 60s, according to the Freeborn County Public Health Department.

The department reported three new people are out of isolation, bringing the total out of isolation to 322. No one from the county is hospitalized at this time.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, Mower County reported five new cases, increasing its total to 1,035; Steele County reported nine new cases, increasing its total to 306 cases; and Waseca County reported eight new cases, pushing its total to 111.

No new cases were reported in Faribault County, and the total there remains at 73.