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Minnesota officials urge vigilance to stop COVID-19 spread

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials reported a lower number of new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, but urged residents to stay vigilant in their efforts to stop the spread of the virus.

Officials also say relaxed precautions by staff members of long-term care facilities seems to be contributing to an increase in cases in those settings.

Minnesota reported 556 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and there were four new deaths, including two in long-term or group residential settings.

Minnesota has seen a total of 1,640 deaths.

Most of them were among residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

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