St Paul (KROC AM News) - Minnesota recorded 28 COVID-19 deaths Saturday, the highest 24-hour total since the state began keeping track of cases.

The Minnesota Department of Health Sunday reported 156 new positive cases, raising the overall total to 3602. Almost half have recovered.

The MDH report shows Hennepin County confirmed 45 new cases to raise its total to 1332. It also reported 22 of Saturday’s fatal cases to raise its death total to 177.

The state’s overall total was raised to 272 on Saturday with more than 100 in just the past week.

Nobles County reported 27 new COVID-19 cases, raising it total to 352. The county is dealing with an outbreak at a meatpacking plant and now has the second-most cases in the state.

Olmsted County - which reported 19 new cases from Friday’s testing - reported just one new case from Saturday to raise its total to 239.

A total of 829 COVID-19 cases have been hospitalized in Minnesota to date. Currently, 285 cases are hospitalized, with 115 in intensive care.

The state has performed 59,000 tests since the pandemic began.

Here is a summary of the latest fatal cases:
Dakota County resident in their 90s
6 Hennepin County residents in their 90s
7 Hennepin County residents in their 80s
4 Hennepin County residents in their 70s
3 Hennepin County residents in their 60s
Hennepin County resident in their 50s
Hennepin County resident in their 40s
Washington County resident in their 50s
2 Anoka County residents in their 80s
Clay County resident in their 90s
Clay County resident in their 80s
Five fatalities were not long term care residents: two in Hennepin County in their 70s, Clay County in their 90s, and the lone cases in Washington and Dakota Counties.

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