9 more dead from coronavirus in Minnesota, cases near 1,700

Case counts have been slowly rising nearly every day for more than a week.
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Nine more people have died in Minnesota 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 79, while the number of confirmed cases increased by 45 to 1,695. The small increase comes after only 814 diagnostic tests were performed between 4 p.m. Sunday and 4 p.m. Monday, which is the lowest single-day testing total going back to at least March 29. 

The increase in deaths is likely due to the fact that no new fatalities were reported in Monday's data from MDH, meaning today's nine deaths are likely the result of two days of reporting. The same goes for the increases in hospitalizations, ICU cases and recoveries. 

  • Confirmed cases: 1,695 (up from 1,650)
  • Total hospitalized: 405 (up from 361)
  • Still hospitalized: 177 (up from 157)
  • Deaths: 79 (up from 70)
  • Patients in intensive care: 75 (up from 74).
  • Patient recoveries: 909 (up from 842).
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Of the nine new reported deaths, six patients were from Hennepin County and there was one each in Dakota, Ramsey and Wilkin counties. One fatality was a person in their 60s, two were in their 70s, five in their 80s and one person in their 90s.  

Forty of the 79 deaths are from Hennepin County, where there are now 588 confirmed cases. Scroll through the chart below to find case totals for every county where the virus has been confirmed. 

There were only 29 new cases confirmed in Monday's report, but that number would've been 114 if 85 of the positive tests weren't included in Sunday's data because of the holiday weekend. Prior to today's low number of confirmed tests, the past week had seen slow, steady growth. 

  • April 6: 51
  • April 7: 83
  • April 8: 85
  • April 9: 88
  • April 10: 94
  • April 11: 91
  • April 12: 109 
  • April 13: 114 (85 were actually added to the April 12 total)
  • April 14: 45

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.

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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 months old to 104 years old, with a median age of 52, 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.

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