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.