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7 new COVID-19 deaths, 1150 new infections confirmed in Minnesota

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Hellertown's Rite Aid opens it's drive-thru for COVID-19 testing

The county's test positivity rate was 6.6%, significantly higher than the health department's lower threshold of 5%.

The Union health ministry's analysis has shown that almost half the people who have died of COVID-19 are aged below 60 years.

At a news conference, Dr. Bonnie Henry said 549 new cases of the disease were reported since the previous update, bringing the province's total since the start of the pandemic to 10,734.

The department reported 13,815 active cases of the virus and that 85,265 people have recovered.

"I know that's a challenge for some people who want to be there to support their children, in particular, who are playing on teams, but we also know that spending time socializing or cheering with other parents and fans before, during, and following games increases risks of transmission and exposure for families", she said.

The swab-and-send site now offers drive-up testing by appointment outside the clinic from 8 a.m.to noon Wednesday and Thursday. The per cent positivity rate for the province is now at 2.6 per cent.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nationwide positivity rate for "week 40", ending October 3, was 4.9%.

A record pace of COVID-19 diagnostic testing in Minnesota is increasing the number of known infections reported each day, but all of the supportive data suggests a real and growing spread of the virus, said state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm.

The 1,040 cases have been spread across 421 schools, and there are now five schools closed because of COVID-19 cases. Of those cases, 620 are probable. Minnesota's case count includes 102,624 people who have recovered to the point that they are no longer infectious or required to isolate themselves. There have been 143 deaths so far from COVID-19 in Maine. The statewide recovery rate is 96%. While this has meant an increase in the overall number of confirmed positive cases, the active cases and percentage positive remain stable.

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