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4 more deaths as Minnesota's COVID-19 crisis grows

Patients still hospitalized range in ages from 6 to 98.
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This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19. isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab.

Four more people have died and 47 more Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 as the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to grow. 

The total number of confirmed cases in Minnesota now stands at 789, which is reflective of data submitted to the Minnesota Department of Health through 8 p.m. Thursday. 

  • Total hospitalized: 156
  • Still hospitalized: 86 (age range 6-98)
  • Deaths: 22 (age range 58-95)
  • Patients in intensive care: 40 (age range 25-98)
  • Patient recoveries: 410

There were 75 patients requiring hospital care on Thursday, including 38 in the ICU, so those totals increased slightly. 

Three of the four new deaths were patients who lived in long-term care facilities, meaning 14 of the 22 deaths are for people who lived in congregate care settings, which are identified as nursing homes, memory care, assisted-living centers and group homes. 

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The number of COVID-19 tests performed by the Minnesota Department of Health and independent laboratories increased by just under 1,300 to 24,227. Of all tests conducted, 15,545 are from independent laboratories, including the Mayo Clinic. 

The 789 confirmed cases are likely 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 48. 

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