MDH reports 728 new COVID-19 cases and 30 deaths, marking new single-day high for both

Wednesday, the Minnesota Department of Health reported 728 new positive COVID-19 cases and 30 new deaths, marking the new single-day high for both cases and deaths in the state.

The new numbers bring the state’s totals to 8,579 cases and 485 deaths.

The department stated, as of Wednesday, the state has completed 13,738 tests and private labs have completed 79,494 tests.

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Of the total cases, 1,405 have required hospitalization. As of Wednesday, 443 were hospitalized, with 180 in intensive care.

According to MDH, 5,005 patients no longer need to be isolated. MDH is now reporting that the number of patients who no longer need isolation represents individuals with confirmed COVID-19 who no longer need to self-isolate, including those who have died.

According to the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, the virus has infected about 3.6 million people worldwide and killed about 258,000. About 1.2 million people worldwide have recovered as of Tuesday.