Four more people have died from the novel coronavirus in Minnesota, bringing the state's total number of deaths to 34 in just over a month since the outbreak began in early March.
The total number of confirmed cases in Minnesota now stands at 1,069, an increase of 83 from Monday's reported totals, which come from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and are reflective of reports submitted through 8 p.m. the day prior.
The 83 positives tests is the largest single-day total so far in Minnesota, though MDH has previously noted that Tuesday figures tend to be be higher due to a testing lag from over the weekend.
New deaths reported include people from Dakota (1), Hennepin (2) and Winona (1) counties, ranging in age from their 60s to 90s. All four were residents of congregate care settings, such as nursing homes or assisted-living centers.
The numbers are from a total of 29,260 COVID-19 tests conducted in Minnesota, including 20,388 from independent laboratories, including the Mayo Clinic. The public health lab tested only 46 samples on Monday after running only 30 tests Sunday amid a shortage of testing supplies.
- Confirmed cases: 1,069 (up from 986)
- Total hospitalized: 242 (up from 223)
- Still hospitalized: 120 (up from 115)
- Deaths: 34 (up from 30)
- Patients in intensive care: 64 (up from 57).
- Patient recoveries: 549 (up from 470).
The 1,086 confirmed cases are only a fraction of the actual amount of COVID-19 in Minnesota, as state health leaders continue to say that there are likely far more people carrying the disease who have not been tested to confirm they have it.
The age range for confirmed cases has been as young as 4 months old to 104 years old, with a median age of 50, while the average age of persons who have died from the disease is 86.
People with respiratory symptoms who don't require hospitalization and aren't healthcare workers/congregate living residents are being told to isolate themselves and manage their symptoms at home.
Furthermore, anyone with any sign of illness – even a runny nose or cough – is advised to stay home.
You can find guidance on what to do in the event you have any kind of respiratory symptoms here.