MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials reported more than 5,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday for the first time since the pandemic began.

Friday's case total marks the fourth day in a row the state has broken its single-day record. The 36 deaths reported by the state health department on Friday are the most in a single day since the start of the pandemic.

State health officials and hospitals statewide are bracing for more hospitalizations, which is a lagging indicator that usually follows case growth.

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The updated numbers bring Minnesota’s totals to more than 170,000 cases and nearly 2,600 deaths.

New COVID-19 Cases Reported Today by County

  • Stearns: 335
  • Sherburne: 181
  • Wright: 154
  • Benton: 88
  • Mille Lacs: 60
  • Morrison: 41

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