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Minnesota Coronavirus Update: Here Are The Latest Numbers

COVID-19 cases in the United States for select states continue to rise, although Minnesota has been experiencing the opposite. The rate of new coronavirus cases and deaths notably slowed down even as the state ramped up testing for its population. This development is the exact opposite of what is happening in other states. Most are experiencing continued spike as regions start to reopen.

As of Sunday, Minnesota reported 15 deaths. This is considered an improvement since the seven-day average of deaths in the state reached a peak of 25, dating back to June 2. As far as cases, there were 311 new cases reported. This bumped up the total number of coronavirus cases in the area to 30,400. However, the figures returned may lack consistency due to delays in the receiving of data. The highest reported seven-day increase was at 729, dating back to May 24. This has been steadily dipping since then, the Star Tribune reported.

A possible reason behind the declining numbers is because COVID-19 testing results are now coming back from public and private laboratories. The 918 new results appended the state's 400,000 tests administered since the pandemic broke out. The test varies from day-to-day, although the reports last Sunday showed the sixth consecutive day where over 10,000 test results came in. Before that, testing results did not tip that volume.

The increase in COVID-19 testing is important especially for states who are dealing with mass protests tied to the untimely death of George Floyd. Most are out in public, some not observing social distancing or even wearing protective gear. Such could lead to the easy transmission of the virus, resulting in more people having to deal with the coronavirus strain.

COVID-19 Antibody Test A new lateral flow immunoassay can detect antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, which appear as a bright orange line when placed on a fluorescence reader (right). Guanfeng Lin/American Chemical Society

Symptoms tied to COVID-19 may take 5 days to develop. However, they may come out between 2 to 14 days after transmission. Diagnostic testing helps detect if a person has traces of the virus in a nasal or throat sample. This is better known as "PCR" testing, considered the most accurate way to determine infection after about three days of showing the symptoms.

People who are at an advanced age with some underlying medical condition and living in nursing homes have a higher risk of contracting the coronavirus. The cases vary and the best recourse is to stay indoors and observe the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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