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Minnesota reports 5 COVID-19 deaths, 997 new cases

Serious COVID-19 cases continue to decline while new cases in Minnesota continue to be reported.

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ST. PAUL -- Indications of serious COVID-19 cases across Minnesota continue to track downward while new cases continue to be diagnosed statewide.

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 997 new cases of the virus Sunday, March 14, with five additional deaths. The deaths — from Faribault, Hennepin, Itasca, Pennington and Stearns counties — include two residents of long-term care facilities and ranged in age from their 60s to 90s.

Community spread of the illness remains high, with 43% of cases not attributed to other known cases or outbreaks as of March 3.

As of March 12, MDH reports 75% of people age 65 and older statewide have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

New cases, deaths and hospitalizations are based on reports as of Sunday. Vaccinations data is as of Friday. Because all data is preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.

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John Molseed joined the Post Bulletin in 2018. He covers arts, culture, entertainment, nature and other fun stories he's surprised he gets paid to cover. When he's not writing articles about Southeast Minnesota artists and musicians, he's either picking banjo, brewing beer, biking or looking for other hobbies that begin with the letter "b." Readers can reach John at 507-285-7713 or jmolseed@postbulletin.com.
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