MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Department of Health on Sunday reported an increase of 5,924 positive tests of the coronavirus, a single-day high in the state that ranks 12th in the country for new cases per capita in the last two weeks.
The update lifted the total number of cases in Minnesota to 180,862 since the start of the pandemic.
Health officials confirmed 31 deaths in the last day, for a total number of 2,656 fatalities. The death count is the 24th highest in the country overall and the 29th highest per capita at 48.3 deaths per 100,000 people, according to The COVID Tracking Project.
The state has reported 1,023 deaths in Hennepin County, which includes Minneapolis, and 406 deaths in Ramsey County, which includes St. Paul.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.