7 new confirmed coronavirus tests brings Minnesota's total to 21

More than 300 patients were tested Friday.
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New data released at noon Saturday by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) shows that seven new cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed Friday to Saturday, bringing the state's total number of confirmed presumptive cases to 21. 

As of March 14, there have been 868 tests with 21 positive results. Friday saw the biggest increase in testing so far, with 313 additional people tested for COVID-19.

On Friday there had been 14 positive tests out of 555 tests, a rate of 2.5 percent. Saturday's figures show 21 positive tests out of 868, a slight dip to 2.4 percent. 

Counties with cases: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey, Renville, Stearns, Wright. That means Renville County has its first case. 

Here's the breakdown:

  • Ramsey 5 
  • Carver 1
  • Anoka 1
  • Olmsted 1
  • Stearns 3
  • Dakota 2
  • Hennepin 6
  • Renville 1
  • Wright 1

Of the seven new cases, they involve patients who range in age from their teens to their 60s, and all of them are recovering at home. Here's that breakdown: 

  • Patient in their 60s in Stearns County
  • Patient in their teens in Dakota County
  • 2 patients in their 60s in Hennepin County
  • Patient in their 30s in Hennepin County 
  • Patient in their 30s in Ramsey County
  • Patient in their 30s in Renville County

Of the 21 cases, only one patient is hospitalized as of Saturday. That patient is the one case in Anoka County, and that person remains in critical condition. 

All 21 cases involve patients who were exposed to COVID-19 out of state. 

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On Friday, the Star Tribune reported that the Mayo Clinic, which created its own COVID-19 test, tested 90 patients with all results coming back negative. 

More details about these cases will be released at a 1 p.m. media briefing from the Department of Health. We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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