The state of Minnesota saw its largest daily increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths on Thursday. The Minnesota Department of Health says an additional 223 laboratory-confirmed cases were reported. Department of Health commissioner Jan Malcom says there will likely be larger numbers in the near future.

“Part of the increase we’re seeing is because we’re testing more,” said Malcom. “Yesterday we tested six hundred more people than we did the day before. As the Governor said, as we test more we will find more cases. We have to be prepared for that.”

The state is now reporting 2942 total cases but Malcom says most individuals that have been infected have recovered.

“As of today, 1536 patients have been released from isolation,” said Malcom.

Malcom adds a smaller percentage of hospitalized coronavirus patients were in intensive care as of Thursday. The state did see an increase of 21 deaths on Thursday bringing the total to 200.