MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has surpassed 55,000 positive COVID-19 tests, health officials said Saturday.

Health officials reported 731 positive tests on Saturday, bringing the state statewide total to 55,188. Health officials said 6,319 health care workers have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began.

More than 48,000 people were marked as no longer needing isolation.

Minnesota’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by six to 1,606 as of Saturday. Officials report that 1,226 of deaths have been among residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

15 new cases were reported in Stearns County today -- with 14 in Sherburne, 16 in Wright, and one each in Benton, Morrison, and Mille Lacs Counties.

A total of 5,208 people have required hospitalization. Of those, 317 remain in those facilities.


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