COVID-19 cases raise by 463 in the state, five more in Mower

Published 11:32 am Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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The Minnesota Department of Health reported 463 new cases of COVID-19 cases today, bringing the state total to just under 40,000 cases.

The current count for the state sits at 39,589 since March 6. There were eight more coronavirus-related deaths reported Wednesday as well, raising that total 1,485.

The total number of cases requiring hospitalization is now at 4,272 with 265 hospitalized as of today, including 122 needing ICU care.

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Mower County added five new cases, bringing its cumulative total to 965, including two deaths.

The new numbers come as more cities in Minnesota require mandatory mask-wearing when outside. After Rochester and Mankato announced mask requirements Tuesday, Winona implemented a 30-day mask order to start this Friday.

Nationwide, the United States surpassed the 3 million case mark and is close to surpassing one million cases in just the last 28 days. The rise shows a record rate of case growth as many states are starting to see an increasing strain on the number of beds and supplies available.