ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 19 additional deaths related to COVID-19. It brings the state's total since the start of the pandemic to 6,724.

There were 1,096 new cases reported from Wednesday. Sherburne County led the tri-county area with 33 new cases. Stearns County added 27 new cases and Benton County 15.

More than 494,000 Minnesotans have contracted the virus over the last year.


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