St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - At this point, it is unclear if a surge in COVID-19 testing across Minnesota yesterday is connected to a surge in the number of positive test results in Olmsted and Mower Counties.

The Minnesota Department of Health website reported that nearly 20,000 tests for the new coronavirus infection were completed Tuesday, but officials later disclosed the high number was due to a reporting error by the Mayo Clinic. State Health Commissioner says those tests were actually completed over several days and the number finished on Tuesday was around 11,000.

The testing led to the detection of 419 new COVID-19 infections throughout Minnesota, which pushed the cumulative total to just under 31,300. In Olmsted County, 29 new cases of the coronavirus infection were reported today.

Mower County also experienced a surge of new cases and reported 73 new infections today. That is the second-highest report of new infections statewide today with Hennepin County on top with 100 new cases.

State health officials today reported 12 additional COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota, which raised the overall death toll to 1325.

There was another drop in coronavirus-related hospitalizations. There are currently 351 people hospitalized due to the illness and 181 of those patients are in intensive care.

The number of people listed as recovered and no longer needing isolation is now up to just over 27,400.

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