UNDATED -- The Tri-County area saw the number of positive COVID-19 tests drop dramatically Monday, while the state of Minnesota as a whole had nearly 5,000 positive cases again.

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There were 4,906 new cases of the coronavirus and 23 more deaths statewide.

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting Benton County led the Tri-County area with 50 new cases while Sherburne County reported 12 and Stearns County just 4.

Since the pandemic began, Stearns County has had 8,474 residents test positive. Sherburne County has had 3,023 cases and Benton County 1,658.

Nearly 3.2-million tests have been completed in Minnesota since that time.