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Minnesota COVID-19 cases rise to 287

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota increased by 25 to 282 on Wednesday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

The state health agency said 6,365 tests had been completed through the Minnesota Department of Health public health lab, and 5,110 tests had been completed from external laboratories.

Of the cases thus far, 35 patients have required hospitalization, and 26 still remain hospitalized. One hundred twenty-two patients no longer need to be isolated.

The department said Hennepin County had the highest number of cases with 111, followed by Ramsey County with 27.

Olmsted County has 21 cases, Mower has six cases, Steele has five, Waseca has one and Blue Earth has five. The numbers in Mower and Waseca are smaller than reported on Monday.

Julie Bartkey, public information officer with the Minnesota Department of Health, said numbers in Mower and Waseca have been adjusted after discovering the county of residence was different for a few patients than what was initially reported. For example, she said someone may have tested in a county different than where they live.

No confirmed cases have been reported in Freeborn and Faribault counties.