Minnesota recorded a grim milestone on Saturday as health officials reported that over 2,000 people have died from COVID-19.
The state also posted an all-time high for cases reported in a day with 1,478 people testing positive for the virus.
The Minnesota Department of Health recorded 10 new deaths, sending the statewide tally of COVID-19 deaths to 2,004 people. Despite the worrisome marker, the rate of deaths has slowed in recent months after spikes in May and June. Roughly 72% of deaths in the state have been among residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities.
Cases have been increasing statewide in the last two weeks. The rolling average number of daily new cases has grown by 376, an increase of 70%.
The Department of Health reported the results of 31,055 tests on Saturday, an unusually large number of tests. The positivity rate was roughly 4.8%.
Over the course of the pandemic, 96,659 people have tested positive for the coronavirus. About 89% of those people have recovered, while over 8,000 have active infections.
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