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5 more deaths reported as Minnesota's COVID-19 tally rises

The number of positive tests is nearing 1,000.

Five more deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Minnesota, bringing the state's total to 29.  

The total number of confirmed cases in Minnesota now stands at 935, a increase of 70 from Saturday's totals, which come from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and are reflective of reports submitted through 8 p.m. Saturday.

The new deaths include:

  • 87-year-old resident of Olmsted County
  • 90-year-old resident of Washington County
  • 83-year-old resident of Dakota County
  • 88-year-old resident of Hennepin County
  • 67-year-old resident of Hennepin County

The numbers are from a total of 26,777 COVID-19 tests conducted in Minnesota, including 17,931 from independent laboratories, including the Mayo Clinic. 

  • Confirmed cases: 935 (up from 865)
  • Total hospitalized: 202 (up from 180)
  • Still hospitalized: 106 (up from 95)
  • Deaths: 29 (up from 24)
  • Patients in intensive care: 48 (up from 42).
  • Patient recoveries: 451 (up from 440).

“We can never forget that these numbers are in fact beloved family members, friends and neighbors who are mourned,” MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm said.

“We express our condolences and our commitment to continuing the work of protecting Minnesotans the best we can. It is very important for all Minnesotans to do their part in that effort by following social distancing guidelines and other public health recommendations.”

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The 935 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 49.

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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.

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