Minnesota seeing familiar COVID-19 patterns as deaths rise to 12 with 56 now hospitalized

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Two deaths and 53 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Tuesday morning in Minnesota due to a novel coronavirus that continues to spread across the state.

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