ST. PAUL -- There was a big jump in the number of COVID-19 cases in Stearns and Sherburne counties Wednesday.

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 75 new cases in Stearns County and 73 new positive tests in Sherburne County. Benton County added 15 new cases.

Statewide, there were 2,736 new cases of the virus making the cumulative total closing in on 550,000.

There were 11 additional deaths from the virus Wednesday, but none of them were in the tri-county area.

The total number of deaths related to the virus is now 6,989.

Get our free mobile app

LOOK: The most popular biblical baby names

To determine the most popular biblical baby names, Stacker consulted the name origin site Behind the Name and the Social Security Administration's baby names database then ranked the top 50 names from Behind the Name's Biblical Names origins list of 564 names, based on how many babies had been given these names in 2019. Click through to find out which biblical names have stood the test of time.