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2,000 new COVID-19 cases, 44 deaths reported in Minnesota


January 8, 2021

A coronavirus graphic. Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

ST. PAUL - Minnesota health officials on Thursday, Jan. 7 reported 2,004 new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Forty-four additional deaths caused by COVID-19 were reported Thursday as well, bringing the state's coronavirus pandemic death toll to 5,572. Of the newly reported deaths, more than half occurred outside of the metro area. Twenty-three occurred in long-term care facilities.

The number of active COVID-19 hospitalizations is on the decline, however, in what Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm on a press call Thursday said is "a pretty encouraging trend." Malcolm said 87 people are being admitted to Minnesota hospitals each day because of the disease, based off the most recent seven-day rolling average, an admission rate one-third of what was seen in late November.


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