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Coronavirus: 5 more deaths as the COVID-19 outbreak increases in Minnesota

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says COVID-19 is widespread in Minnesota.

Five new deaths has increased Minnesota's novel coronavirus death toll to 39 as the number of people to test positive for the respiratory disease has surpassed 1,150. 

According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), an additional 85 patients have tested positive, bringing the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota to 1,154. The numbers are reflective of all reports confirmed through 4 p.m. Tuesday. 

That includes ___ patients who are currently hospitalized, including __ in intensive care. As of Tuesday, Minnesota hospitals had a combined total of 303 available ICU beds, but another 1,623 could be readied within 72 hours if needed. 

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  • Confirmed cases: 1,154 (up from 1,069)
  • Total hospitalized: 271 (up from 242)
  • Still hospitalized: 135 (up from 120)
  • Deaths: 34 (up from 34)
  • Patients in intensive care: 64 (even with Tuesday's total).
  • Patient recoveries: 632 (up from 549).

Of the 1,154 Minnesotans to test positive, 632 have recovered and no longer need to remain isolated from others. 

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. 

Hennepin County has now had more than 340 confirmed cases, while Ramsey and Olmsted counties have also gone into triple digits. 

Just under 1,500 tests were tracked in the newest data, the majority of them from independent laboratories, like the Mayo Clinic. The MDH Public Health Lab has seen a significant reduction in tests performed this week amid a shortage of supplies and capacity. 

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says COVID-19 is widespread in Minnesota, 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 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 51, while the average age of persons who have died from the disease is 86.

You can find guidance on what to do in the event you have any kind of respiratory symptoms here.

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