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COVID-19 hospitalizations up slightly in Minnesota


Healthcare workers don PPE in an ICU at Bethesda Hospital last month. [Credit: DAVID JOLES, Star Tribune]

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 have risen in Minnesota so far this week, offering a reminder that the pandemic remains a threat despite gradual declines in daily cases and deaths over the past month.

The Minnesota Department of Health on Wednesday reported that 340 people were hospitalized for COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus, and that 160 needed intensive care. That is up from the 322 hospitalized cases reported on Sunday, but well below the state's May 28 peak of 606.

The state on Wednesday also reported 5 deaths and 304 newly-diagnosed COVID-19 cases, bringing the totals so far in the pandemic to 1,397 deaths and 33,763 known cases. Among the deaths, 1,102 involve residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities, who are at heightened risk of severe COVID-19 due to their ages or underlying health conditions such as diabetes, asthma and diseases of the lungs, heart and kidneys.


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