Another nine people have died from the novel coronavirus in Minnesota as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased to 2,470, according to the latest update from the Minnesota Department of Health.
The 114 new cases is the lowest in the last four days, but also a result of the lowest number of tests (1,134) in the past five days.
A hot spot of the virus has been found in Nobles County, where the southwestern Minnesota community has seen its confirmed cases jumped from 36 Saturday to 60 Sunday and now 76 Monday. A meat packing plant in Worthington, JBS USA, announced Monday that it'll temporary close due to an outbreak at its facility.
The figures are updated as of 4 p.m. Sunday, which is the cut-off point for Monday's reporting period.
- Confirmed cases: 2,470 (up from 2,356)
- Deaths: 143 (up from 134)
- Total hospitalized: 602 (up from 574)
- Still hospitalized: 237 (up from 228)
- Patients in intensive care: 126 (up from 116).
- Patient recoveries: 1,202 (up from 1,160).
The increase in positive tests, which has been described as "measured growth" by health department commissioner Jan Malcolm, is evident in the number confirmed results every seven days since the first case was detected March 6.
- March 6-12: 9 cases
- March 13-19: 80 cases
- March 20-26: 257 cases
- March 27-April 2: 396 cases
- April 3-9: 500 cases
- April 10-16: 670 cases
- April 17-present: 558 cases with three days left in the reporting period
"I think the worst is still yet to come. But we've done a really good job of positioning ourselves to be able to withstand it," Gov. Tim Walz said Monday morning on WCCO Radio.
In addition to the confirmed fatalities, there are at least nine deaths where COVID-19 is the "suspected" or "probable" cause. Those deaths are not included in the official 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.
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 54, while the average age of persons who have died from the disease is 84.
You can find guidance on what to do in the event you have any kind of respiratory symptoms here.