Wednesday was Minnesota's deadliest day so far in the coronavirus outbreak, with the state health department announcing Thursday 11 new deaths, bringing Minnesota's total to 50.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), an additional 88 patients have tested positive, bringing the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota to 1,242. The numbers are reflective of all reports confirmed through 4 p.m. Wednesday.
That includes 145 patients who are currently hospitalized, including 63 in intensive care.
- Confirmed cases: 1,242 (up from 1,154)
- Total hospitalized: 293 (up from 271)
- Still hospitalized: 145 (up from 135)
- Deaths: 50 (up from 39)
- Patients in intensive care: 63 (down from 64).
- Patient recoveries: 675 (up from 632).
Of the 1,242 Minnesotans to test positive, 675 have recovered and no longer need to remain isolated from others.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms – fever, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, headache, chills, or sore throat – should self-quarantine for at least seven days, or until going without a fever for 72 hours (without fever-reducing medication), according to guidance from the state health department.
Hennepin County has now had 375 confirmed cases, while Ramsey and Olmsted counties have also gone into triple digits.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says COVID-19 is widespread in Minnesota, echoing the belief that the MDH has expressed to Minnesotans for weeks. Because of widespread community transmission, there are many more assumed cases of COVID-19 that cannot be formally diagnosed due to testing limitations.
The age range for confirmed cases has been as young as 4 months old to 104 years old, with a median age of 51, while the average age of persons who have died from the disease is 87.
You can find guidance on what to do in the event you have any kind of respiratory symptoms here.