St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - For a third straight day, state health officials today reported a single-digit COVID-19 death toll for Minnesota.

The daily update from the Minnesota Department of Health includes a report of nine additional coronavirus related deaths, which has raised the overall COVID-19 death toll in the state to 1393. There were only four deaths reported Monday and eight on Sunday.

Meanwhile, after slowly dropping in recent weeks, the number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 has risen modestly over the past couple of days. The State Health Department is reporting that 339 people are currently hospitalized with the new viral illness. 158 of those patients are being treated in intensive care. While those numbers remain well below the peak reached in late May, the total number of hospitalizations has risen 17 since Saturday. The number of ICU beds used by coronavirus patients has fluctuated slightly but has been fairly steady.

The over 7200 tests completed on Monday detected 245 new COVID-19 cases in Minnesota, which raised the total to almost 33,500. Six of the new cases reported today were in Olmsted County while 11 new cases were reported in Mower County.

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