ST. PAUL -- Stearns County continues to see a climb in COVID-19 cases.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, there were 519 new confirmed cases and 5 new deaths over the last two days.

Stearns County had 17 new confirmed cases, while Benton County had 2 new cases and Sherburne County added 6 new cases.

In Minnesota, there has been over 38,000 confirmed cases of the virus and 1,471 deaths, with 1,155 of those coming from long-term care facilities.

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To date, the number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus is 253, with 132 of them in the ICU.

The Minnesota Department of Health has completed over 674,000 tests.

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