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Coronavirus Wednesday update: Five more deaths and 278 new infections

Coronavirus Wednesday update: Five more deaths and 278 new infections

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Five more Minnesotans have died from COVID-19 and 278 new coronavirus infections were reported Wednesday by the state Department of Health.

The latest deaths to be reported ranged in age from their 70s to their 90s with three residing in long-term care and two in private homes. The death toll is 7,644 with 4,495 fatalities in nursing or assisted living facilities.

The seven-day rolling average for test-positivity remains at roughly 2 percent. There have been 608,678 coronavirus infections diagnosed since March 2020 and of those who tested positive 599,219 have recovered enough they no longer need to be isolated.

State health officials say nearly all new cases, hospitalizations and deaths are in residents who are not fully vaccinated. The more contagious delta variant is believed to be the cause of about 75 percent of new infections.

There are 116 patients hospitalized including 28 in critical condition. An estimated 1,700 people are recovering from COVID-19 at home.

Minnesota has administered 5.8 million doses of vaccine and 68 percent of residents 16 and older have gotten at least one shot.

About 65 percent of Minnesotans have completed their vaccine series.

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