The death toll from COVID-19 continues to rise in Minnesota as 30 more people have died to bring the statewide total to 485.
Of the deaths, 391 have been in assisted-living facilities, dozens of which have been dealing with significant outbreaks.
Another 728 patients tested positive for the disease from around 5,223 tests that were conducted between 4 p.m. Monday and 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. That brings the positive case total to 8,579 since the first case was diagnosed March 6.
Of those confirmed cases, 5,005 patients no longer require isolation.
But the number of patients who require critical care treatment in the ICU has been steadily increasing, going from 118 last Friday to 180 as of Tuesday – though this was a slight drop compared to Monday.
- Confirmed cases: 8,579 (up from 7,851)
- Deaths: 485 (up from 455)
- Still hospitalized: 443 (up from 434)
- Patients in intensive care: 180 (down from 182).
- Patient recoveries: 5,005 (up from 4,614)
Hennepin County has had 325 deaths from 2,764 confirmed cases to lead the state, but the second-leading county for positive tests is Nobles County, which has seen its case total rise to 1,082, mostly linked to an outbreak at the now-closed JBS pork plant in Worthington.
However, Nobles is likely to be overtaken in the days ahead by Stearns County, where the caseload has jumped to 975 (up from 815). That increase is due in part to an outbreak at a meat plant.
A collaboration between Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota is expected to have the state testing 20,000 patients per day. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said recently that Minnesotans shouldn't be be surprised if the number of confirmed cases in a single day reaches 1,000 as testing advances.
The age range for confirmed cases has been as young as under 1-month-old to 109 years old, with a median age of 46. The median age of those who have died from the disease is 83. The youngest person to die in Minnesota was a 30-year-old.