Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, July 2

It includes the most deaths in a 24-hour reporting period in nearly two weeks.
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Thursday's coronavirus update from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that 13 more people have died from COVID-19 in Minnesota, which is the most in a single-day reporting period since June 19. 

Of the 13 new fatal cases, eight of them were residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities, which typically house those who are most vulnerable to severe symptoms of the disease. Of the 1,458 deaths in Minnesota, 1,143 were residents of congregate care facilities. 

Minnesota's hospitals are now caring for 274 COVID-19 patients, an increase of 14 from Wednesday's report, though the number of patients in the ICU dropped from 125 to 123. 

There are 500 new cases in Thursday's report, six of which have been removed for an official tally of 494. Cases are removed for a variety of reasons, including patients being from another state and false positive test results.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Tests: 630,427 (up from 605,316)
  • Confirmed cases: 37,210 (up from 36,303)
  • Deaths: 1,458 (up from 1,445)
  • Still hospitalized: 274 (up from 260)
  • Patients in intensive care: 123 (down from 125)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 32,163 (up from 31,947)

There have been 37 patients deemed to have "probably" died from COVID-19, though that total isn't included in the aforementioned death toll. Those cases represent victims who never received a COVID-19 test, but for whom doctors believe within a reasonable degree of certainty that the virus caused their death.

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