Minnesota launches COVID-19 home saliva test pilot program

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The state Department of Health reported 651 new cases and three deaths on Thursday to give the state more than 100,000 cases with 2,289 deaths.

In a written statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Stephen Brown, B.C.'s deputy health minister, said there are now 2,009 active cases of the disease in B.C. with 4,637 people in self-isolation due to COVID-19 exposure.

There are 17 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care facilities with active outbreaks.

About 75 per cent of the province's active cases are clustered in the Fraser Health region, which makes up about 39 per cent of B.C.'s population.

According to the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, the virus has infected more than 42.3 million people worldwide and killed over 1.1 million people. Since the pandemic began Stearns County has had 5,665 residents test positive for COVID-19 and 41 deaths.

As of Friday, health officials were monitoring 4,637 people because of exposures to known cases of COVID-19.

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"As much as I am hesitant to do so - and we've seen this before - if there is a major source of transmission, additional measures can and will be put in place if they're needed", she said.

Also Wednesday, Public Health Madison and Dane County said it was moving in a "crisis model" for contact tracing because it could no longer efficiently follow up with everyone who had tested positive.

A total of 10,247 people who have had COVID-19 in B.C. are now considered recovered.

Dr. Victoria Lee, the CEO of Fraser Health, said this week that people should stick to the same six people beyond those in their household to keep cases low at a time when "pandemic fatigue" is setting in.

Wisconsin recorded its highest one-day total of new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday and the first patient was admitted to a field hospital near Milwaukee that opened last week to help hospitals coping with the influx of patients.

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