MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Department of Health officials on Sunday reported 1,077 new cases of the coronavirus, increasing the total to 96,734 cases since the pandemic began. Douglas County saw its largest single day increase in 16 new COVID-19 cases. Add to that 13 new cases on Saturday and 77 new cases over the past 7 days. There have now been a total of 337 cases in Douglas County since the pandemic began. Although high for the population of the county, it pales in comparison to the much more populated Hennepin County which has recorded a total of 27,372 cases since March.
Statewide, officials confirmed four additional deaths in the last day, including one person who lived in a long-term care center. The death toll stands at 2,008 people, including 1,445 residents of nursing homes or similar facilities.
The update shows that 50 patients were newly admitted to hospitals, compared with 52 on Saturday. There have been 7,493 people hospitalized since the start of the pandemic, including 2,095 people who have wound up in intensive care units.
Minnesota ranks 20th in the country for new cases per capita in the last two weeks, according to The COVID Tracking Project.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.