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Minnesota exceeds 9K COVID-19 cases, 500 deaths

In another record setting day, the Minnesota Department of Health reported 786 new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota on Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 9,365 confirmed cases since March 6.

Of those, 1,205 are healthcare workers and 5,308 no longer need isolation.

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As of Thursday, 435 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, including 182 in intensive care.

The MDH also reported 23 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota to 508. Of those, 407 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

The MDH reported one new case on Thursday in Mower County, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 36 since March 19. Mower County Health and Human Services Division Manager Pam Kellogg said the new case is associated with a small outbreak in Steele County, which saw an increase of eight new cases Thursday, bringing its total to 37.

Neighboring counties of Olmsted and Freeborn also reported increases: Olmsted County reported 14 new cases, raising its total to 336 confirmed cases, while Freeborn County reported one new case, raising its total to 39.