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St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - Minnesota's testing positivity rate jumped to almost 6-percent on Saturday as the daily count of new cases hit a new record high and the overall number of COVID-19 cases rose above 90,000.

1318 new infections were detected by the approximately 22,500 tests that were completed on Saturday for a positivity rate of over 5.8-percent. 27 of the new cases were found in Olmsted County.

The Minnesota Department of Health today reported 2 additional coronavirus-related deaths, which has pushed the total to 1965 since the start of the pandemic. The daily death total was the lowest since September 8th.

Overall hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have been fairly steady over the past 10 days in the range of 240 to 250 per day. The count reported Sunday was 248, but the number of patients requiring treatment in intensive care was the lowest since July 26th at 123.

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