(St. Paul MN-) New cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota Friday went up above the thousand mark...just barely...but deaths went back down in the single digits. According to the Minnesota Department of Health there were 1001 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the state's pandemic total to more than 477,000, with just over 463,000 victims having recovered. There were 8 more deaths reported including a person in their early 70s in Stearns County. That brings the Stearns County fatality count to 200 and the state's death toll to 6412. The figures were based on approximately 39,500 test results.

Locally, Stearns County reported 12 more cases of COVID-19, there were 8 in Kandiyohi, 3 in Renville, 2 in Meeker, 1 in Swift and zero additional cases in Pope and Chippewa Counties.

Since Wednesday 30 more people have been hospitalized with 6 going to the ICU.

Totals            cases          deaths

Chippewa       1354              35

Kandiyohi       5743              74

Meeker           2047              34

Pope                785                5

Renville          1459              40

Stearns        18,595            200

Swift                871              18

Minnesotans have received more than one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, Governor Tim Walz announced today. The state reported 1,016,210 doses had been administered as of today’s official report.

 In all, 728,081 Minnesotans had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 286,543 had completed the two-dose series. The seven-day rolling average of doses administered is now 29,705, a pace that has accelerated since Governor Walz took action to increase the rate of vaccinations across the state.

 “This is a milestone day. Minnesotans have received 1 million doses of these safe, effective, live-saving vaccines,” Governor Walz said. “Every time a Minnesotan gets their shot, they are protecting themselves and moving our entire state closer to ending this pandemic. We still need more vaccine from the federal government and we have a long road ahead, but we can truly see the light at the end of the tunnel.”