The toll of the coronavirus pandemic continues as Minnesota approaches its peak in the coming weeks, with the state health department announcing a single-day high 35 deaths in Thursday's update.
That brings the state's COVID-19 death toll to 967, which is just shy of the 1,000 deaths Gov. Tim Walz predicted weeks ago that there could be by this time. Of the latest 35 fatal cases, 27 were residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities.
The latest report, which represents all data submitted through 4 p.m. Wednesday, shows 483 new positive cases from 8,676 tests.
There are also 606 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, including 242 in intensive care.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Tests: 225,208 (up from 216,532)
- Confirmed cases: 22,947 (up from 22,464)
- Deaths: 967 (up from 932)
- Still hospitalized: 606 (up from 598)
- Patients in intensive care: 242 (down from 260).
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 16,655 (up from 16,314)
There have been 10 patients deemed to have "probably" died from COVID-19, though that total isn't included in the aforementioned death toll. Those cases represent victims who never received a COVID-19 test, but for whom doctors believe within a reasonable degree of certainty that the virus caused their death.
You can find your closest testing facility in Minnesota through this link.