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17 more deaths from coronavirus in Minnesota is new single-day high

All confirmed cases and deaths are from the latest reporting period, which ended at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Seventeen more people have died from the novel coronavirus in Minnesota, a single-day high since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the state on March 6, according to an update from the state health department Friday morning. 

An additional 159 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed as well – the highest yet in a 24-hour reporting period – bringing the statewide total to 2,071. The death toll from the virus is now at 111. 

The increase in confirmed cases comes after 1,378 tests were performed between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 4 p.m. Thursday, which is the cut-off point of the daily reporting period. 

  • Confirmed cases: 2,071 (up from 1,912)
  • Deaths: 111 (up from 94)
  • Total hospitalized: 518 (up from 475)
  • Still hospitalized: 223 (up from 213)
  • Patients in intensive care: 106 (up from 103).
  • Patient recoveries: 1,066 (up from 1,020).

Minnesota has posted record highs in deaths and cases (over 24 hours) on the same day that a protest is planned outside the governor's mansion in St. Paul by those calling for the economy to be reopened.

President Donald Trump has tweeted his support to the protesters, posting "LIBERATE MINNESOTA" on Friday morning.

The doubling rate of confirmed cases remains at approximately every 8-10 days, which is much slower than the 3-5 days the numbers were doubling at the first couple of weeks of the outbreak in Minnesota. However, the growth remains steady week-over-week. 

Total cases every seven days in Minnesota since the first confirmed case March 6: 

  • March 6-12: 9 cases
  • March 13-19: 80 cases
  • March 20-26: 257 cases
  • March 27-April 2: 396 cases
  • April 3-9: 500 cases
  • April 10-16: 670 cases

Sixty-one of the 111 deaths are from Hennepin County, where there are now 806 confirmed cases, which is 100 more than were confirmed in the metropolitan county on Thursday. Scroll through the chart below to find case totals for every county where the virus has been confirmed.

On Wednesday, Gov. Tim Walz noted that Minnesota's mitigation and social distancing efforts have helped slow the outbreak. He compared Minnesota to Louisiana, saying Minnesota reached 100 confirmed cases before Louisiana did.

Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says that all of Minnesota's COVID-19 fatalities have been confirmed with testing. If deaths are only listed as "suspected" or "probable" of having been caused by COVID-19, they aren't included in the death count.

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.

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The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention registered Minnesota as a "widespread" COVID-19 state on April 6, 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 – possibly 100 times the number of confirmed cases – that cannot be formally diagnosed due to testing limitations.

The age range for confirmed cases has been as young as 4 weeks old to 104 years old, with a median age of 54, while the average age of persons who have died from the disease is 85.

You can find guidance on what to do in the event you have any kind of respiratory symptoms here.

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