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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Although there are still a number of states in the country that see increasing numbers when it comes to new cases of COVID-19, the disease appears to be on the decline in Minnesota.
On Tuesday, the Minnesota Department of Health announced that the state has seen 245 new positive cases of the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and there have been nine more deaths.
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Since the outbreak began in late winter, nearly 33,500 people have tested positive for the disease and 1,393 people have died. The MDH says there may also be another 32 “probable” deaths due to COVID-19 in Minnesota, according to documentation of their death certificates, but a positive test for those 32 is not documented.
More than 29,000 no longer need to be isolated. Most of the deaths have been in long-term care or assistance centers, although authorities say the numbers also appear to be declining.
According to MDH figures, Tuesday’s figures show the fewest tests completed in the past week. The state announced a goal to process 20,000 tests per day; on Tuesday, the number of tests processed in the previous 24 hours totaled approximately 6,900.
For most people, the symptoms of COVID-19 are mild, such as fever and cough. However, the disease, which attacks the lungs, can be deadly to the elderly and people with underlying problems.
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