MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Wells Fargo and U.S. Bancorp are pushing back their return-to-office plans this fall as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, spurred largely by the contagious delta variant.

Wells Fargo sent a memo to employees on Thursday, saying the company is aiming for a phased return starting Oct. 4, a month later than planned.

U.S. Bank also pushed back its Sept. 7 planned return to a date that's yet to be determined.

On Thursday, health officials reported five new deaths from COVID-19 and 878 new cases. So far in Minnesota, 69.2% of those 16 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.