Eight more Minnesotans have died from complications from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
That brings the coronavirus death toll in Minnesota to 87, while the number of confirmed cases increased by 114 to 1,809. The spike in confirmed cases comes after 1,001 tests were performed between 4 p.m. Monday and 4 p.m. Tuesday, which is the cut-off point of the reporting period.
Only 814 diagnostic tests were performed between 4 p.m. Sunday and 4 p.m. Monday, which was the lowest single-day total going back to at least March 29. The result was only 45 new cases in Tuesday's report. Here's at look at the numbers overall:
- Confirmed cases: 1,809 (up from 1695)
- Deaths: 87 (up from 79)
- Total hospitalized: 445 (up from 405)
- Still hospitalized: 197 (up from 177)
- Patients in intensive care: 93 (up from 75).
- Patient recoveries: 940 (up from 909).
Forty-six of the 87 deaths are from Hennepin County, where there are now 651 confirmed cases. Scroll through the chart below to find case totals for every county where the virus has been confirmed.
Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says that all of Minnesota's COVID-19 fatalities have been confirmed with testing. If deaths are only listed as "suspected" or "probable" of having been caused by COVID-19, they aren't included in the death count.
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.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention registered Minnesota as a "widespread" COVID-19 state on April 6, echoing the belief that the MDH has expressed to Minnesotans for weeks. 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 53, while the average age of persons who have died from the disease is 87.
You can find guidance on what to do in the event you have any kind of respiratory symptoms here.