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Minnesota reports 20 COVID-19 deaths, 3021 new cases

October 31, 2020 GMT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials reported 20 COVID-19 deaths and over 3,000 new infections on Saturday.

Both infections and deaths from the virus have been on the rise in recent weeks. A total of 3,021 people tested positive in tests reported on Saturday. There’s been nearly a 55% increase in the rolling average of daily new cases over the last two weeks, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. It has increased by 788 cases a day.

Testing has also increased recently, but so has the positivity rate. The seven-day positivity average is nearly 8%, according to data from the COVID tracking project.

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Residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities accounted for 15 of the deaths reported Saturday. Over the coure of the pandemic, a total of 2,457 people in the state have died after contracting COVID-19.