St Paul (KROC AM News) - The coronavirus outbreak in Minnesota has now claimed the lives of at least 221 COVID-19 victims - 87 of them between last Sunday and Thursday.

For a second straight day, the Minnesota Department of Health reported 21 COVID-19 deaths on Friday - the highest daily total since the pandemic began.

One of the new deaths was reported in Olmsted County, which now has a confirmed total of six.

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state has risen to 3185, an increase of nearly 250 from Thursday’s total.

The number of tests has risen to nearly 54,000.

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