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Minnesota lists 1,364 new virus cases, 40 additional deaths

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Sunday reported 1,364 new cases of COVID-19 and 40 additional deaths due to complications from the virus.

The state’s death count is the 22nd highest in the country overall and the 28th highest per capita at about 107 deaths per 100,000 people, John Hopkins University researchers reported. State officials said 24 of the newly-reported deaths occurred in long-term care facilities.

A total of 77 deaths were reported over the weekend, when reported numbers typically drop.

Sunday’s update increased the number of positive tests to 446,280 and the number of deaths to 5,927 since the start of the pandemic. One in every 528 people in Minnesota tested positive in the past week, researchers said.

In Hennepin County, which includes Minneapolis, there have been 92,747 positive tests and 1,474 deaths.

An additional 10,833 residents have been administered their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine, increasing the total of 184,943. Officials say 35,800 people had received their second shots.

For most people, the new 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 and death.