St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - The number of active cases of COVID-19 continues to slowly and steadily increase throughout Minnesota.

The most recent statistics from the Minnesota Department of Health show testing detected another 143 confirmed coronavirus cases statewide on Friday, which raised the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 2213. At the same time, the number of people who have recovered from illness and no longer require isolation has also steadily risen.

The total number of people listed as recovered accounts for over half of the total number of cases but in recent days the number of new cases reported has been outpacing the number of people reported as recovered. On Friday, the difference resulted in a net gain of about 90 active COVID-19 cases in Minnesota.

Of the new cases reported on Saturday, four were in Olmsted County, three were in Freeborn County, while Fillmore, Goodhue, Mower, and Winona counties each reported one additional case of COVID-19.

The State Health Department also reported there had been another 10 coronavirus-related deaths in Minnesota. Nine of the people who died were residents of long-term care facilities and eight of those deaths were in Hennepin County. The statewide total for COVID-19 deaths is now at 121.

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