20 more dead as Minnesota hits single-day high in positive COVID-19 tests

The death toll is nearing 700 in Minnesota.
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Twenty more Minnesotans have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to Friday's update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

The 20 new deaths bring the statewide total to 683. And as the deaths continue to rise, so do the number of people testing positive for the disease. A single-day record of 808 patients tested positive between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 4 p.m. Thursday, which is largely due to the state running 5,917 diagnostic tests – the second consecutive day the state has exceeded 5,000 tests. 

Since the first case in Minnesota was reported March 6, there have been a total of 14,240 patients who have tested positive and 9,503 patients who no longer need to be isolated. The total includes patients who have died.

One of the key metrics over the course of the pandemic is the state's ICU capacity. As of Wednesday (the latest update), 991 ICU beds were in use. The state's maximum ICU capacity is 2,588. As of today, 203 of the ICU beds in use are COVID-19 patients. You can track the hospital capacity here.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Tests: 134,669 (up from 128,752)
  • Confirmed cases: 14,240 (up from 13,435)
  • Deaths: 683 (up from 663)
  • Still hospitalized: 498 (no change)
  • Patients in intensive care: 200 (down from 203).
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 9,503 (up from 9,136)

There are also nine deaths likely caused by COVID-19. Those nine, identified as probable deaths, which represent victims who never received a COVID-19 test, but for whom doctors believe within a reasonable degree of certainty that the virus caused their death.

Hennepin County has had 449 deaths from 4,674 confirmed cases to lead the state. Other counties to exceed 1,000 cases include Stearns County (1,641), Nobles County (1,342), and Ramsey County (1,287).

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you can find guidance on what to do and where to get tested here.

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