- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota health officials on Sunday confirmed 699 new cases of the coronavirus, raising the total number to nearly 15,670.

The figure includes 46 new positive tests involving health care workers, increasing the total to 1,811, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

The updated report includes 28 deaths from COVID-19, for a statewide total of 722. Health officials said 587 deaths have occurred among residents of long-term care facilities.

A total of 2,090 people have required hospitalization. Of those, 487 remain in those facilities, with 221 in intensive care.

Nearly 11,000 people were marked as no longer needing isolation.



The actual number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested and studies suggest people can be infected without feeling sick.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

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