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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - State health officials today reported new records for COVID-19 cases, testing, and weekly deaths.

The Minnesota Department of Health's daily update lists a record high of over 8700 new confirmed and probable infections statewide, including 208 in Olmsted County, which is also a new record. The report shows the number of COVID tests completed yesterday in Minnesota was above 50,000 for the first time at almost 51,300 for a testing positivity rate of almost 17-percent.

The health department also reported another 35 coronavirus related deaths throughout Minnesota. The total for the past week was 249, which exceeded the previous weekly record for COVID-19 deaths by 75.

Olmsted County Public Health also updated its weekly report on COVID-19 activity on Friday to add some new cases to last week's total that were delayed because of a backlog in the reporting process. It added over 30 additional cases to the weekly count, which was already the highest since the start of the pandemic and now stands at 567.

Here are some of the most recent developments locally and statewide concerning the pandemic:

Walz is Planning Additional COVID Restrictions

License Suspension Lifted but Rochester Bar Remains Closed

Minnesota Preparing to Issue COVID Notification Texts