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More than 9,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in Minnesota in the past week, and the deaths of 36 people were attributed to COVID-19. Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 have been near 400 for the past several weeks.
Confirmed new cases of COVID-19 continue to add up in the south central region of the state. There were 506 new cases and one death in the last week.
If all the federal hurdles are cleared, the first kid-sized doses could arrive in Minnesota next week. If they do, doctors, clinics, pharmacies and at least one community site will be ready to administer them.
Viral loads steadily climbed in all regions in the state from April to May, according to a COVID-19 wastewater surveillance dashboard maintained by the University of Minnesota in partnership with the state health department. But according to data reported from June 1 to 8, Greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities are seeing viral particle levels decline.

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COVID-19 test results reported to the state in the past week surpassed 11,000 new cases. Nearly 50 deaths were reported, too. In west central Minnesota, one death and nearly 560 cases were reported.
The CDC will do a reassessment of this decision in 90 days, the official said.
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The sites will test residents for COVID-19 and those deemed to be at high risk for developing severe symptoms could get a prescription for Paxlovid.
A prolonged process of getting legislative approval for the program, which picked up steam in 2021 but didn’t culminate until this April, has given way to awareness efforts to alert potential recipients. They range from custodians to meat processors and nurses to emergency responders.
The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Minnesota has increased an average of more than 1,500 new cases a day in the past week, though the test positivity rate has declined slightly. In west central Minnesota, the number of new cases increased slightly in the last week, to 569, and several deaths were reported.

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There was a small decrease in the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region this week, though one death was reported in Stearns County.
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Roughly 667,000 Minnesotans could receive the checks if they apply. And the state expected to start sending them out beginning in September.

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