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St Paul (KROC AM News) - The recent surge of positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota and the Rochester area shows no sign of slowing.

The latest report from the state Health Dept shows a daily record of nearly 4,000 cases were confirmed Wednesday along with 25 more deaths. All the victims were in their 70s, 80s and 90s.

The state has been reporting more than 3,000 new cases every day for nearly a week.

Nearly 165,000 positive cases have now been documented since the start of the pandemic.

Olmsted County reported a new daily record of 108 cases, increasing its running total to over 3900. The previous daily high number was 107 last Saturday.

According to the Star Tribune, Minnesota’s top health official remains very concerned:

“Right now, it feels like we are losing ground,” state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said, noting that infection growth is almost doubling testing growth and that the positivity rate of testing has risen to 9.2% “We’re seeing record numbers of new cases ... and it’s because we are falling behind the rapid spread of this virus.”

Olmsted County Director of Public Health Graham Briggs told the County Board earlier this week he is especially concerned about the sudden rise in the positivity rate. Briggs said the sudden surge “is a warning there is more virus in the community than is being detected.


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