ST. PAUL -- Minnesota reported nearly 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday.

The Minnesota Department of Health says there were 996 new positive cases and 7 more deaths statewide. There were no new deaths reported in the tri-county area.

As far as new cases locally, Stearns County had 11 new positives, Sherburne County had 8 and Benton County had 5.

Since the start of the pandemic, Minnesota has had over 481,800 people test positive for the virus and 6,450 deaths.

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