As numbers rise, Dr. Osterholm says brace to fight virus 'for at least the next year'

Coronavirus numbers are rising in Minnesota
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(WCCO) Infectious disease specialist Dr. Michael Osterholm from the University of Minnesota called into WCCO Monday morning to discuss the latest -- rising -- coronavirus numbers.

"This should not be unexpected," Osterholm said, adding estimates say the United States is at a 7% infection rate currently and "we're going to get to 50-70% one way or another."

In the last 24 hours, Minnesota added 523 more cases of COVID-19 and eight more deaths, pushing the state's total to 35,549 cases and 1,425 deaths.

The majority of the deaths have been in long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Meanwhile, on the positive side, hospitalizations for coronavirus trend downward. As of Sunday, 288 people are in the hospital battling COVID-19, with 143 in intensive care.

It's not close to being over, Osterholm cautioned, saying we're in this fight "for at least the next year."

"And so we have a long ways to go. This is just another chapter in what's going to be a very, very long book," he said, adding, "When we start to see an increase in cases ... then testing will become more of a challenge again."

So far, over 585,000 people have been tested for the virus in Minnesota. Of those, more than 30,800 are considered recovered.