Another 21 people have died from COVID-19 in Minnesota, bring the state's total to 221 since first death from the new coronavirus was confirmed on March 21. In addition, another 243 patients have tested positive for the virus to bring the total number of confirmed cases to 3,185.
It's the second straight day with a new daily high for positive tests, largely due to it being the second consecutive day with a new daily high for tests conducted. More than 2,200 tests were performed in Thursday's release and Friday's test total is 2,239.
A collaboration between Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota is expected to have the state testing 20,000 patients per day within 2-4 weeks.
The figures are updated as of 4 p.m. Thursday, which is the cut-off point for Friday's reporting period.
- Confirmed cases: 3,185 (up from 2,942)
- Deaths: 221 (up from 200)
- Total hospitalized: 756 (up from 712)
- Still hospitalized: 278 (up from 268)
- Patients in intensive care: 111 (up from 104).
- Patient recoveries: 1,594 (up from 1,536).
One of the hot spots of outbreak in Minnesota is at a JBS pork plant in Worthington, which has fueled a spike in the number of positive tests in Nobles County, which has gone from 36 confirmed cases last Friday to 258 today, including one death.
Hennepin County has had 138 deaths from 1,200 confirmed cases.
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.
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 83.
You can find guidance on what to do in the event you have any kind of respiratory symptoms here.