MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) —  The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced Sunday that the number of positive coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Minnesota has risen to 27,886, up 388 from Saturday. Sixteen more people also died, bringing the death total to 1,186.

Currently, 450 people are in Minnesota hospitals battling COVID-19, with 199 in intensive care beds. Health officials are keeping a close eye on ICU capacity, as beds are increasingly being taken up by COVID-19 patients and those undergoing elective surgeries.

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Since the start of the outbreak in March, over 344,000 people in Minnesota have been tested for COVID-19. Well over half of those who have caught the virus — 22,992— have recovered and no longer require isolation.

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The state’s goal is to be able to process 20,000 tests a day, which is enough for any resident showing symptoms to get tested.

For most people, COVID-19 symptoms are mild, such as fever and coughing. However, the disease, which attacks the lungs, can be deadly to the elderly and those with underlying issues.

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