Coronavirus: 5 more deaths in Minnesota, cases near 700

The numbers are up to date as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31.

2:15 p.m. update

The latest updates from Gov. Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health from the 2 p.m. media briefing.

– The 5 latest COVID-19 deaths were all over the age of 70, including a 76-year-old in Winona County, a 92-year-old in Hennepin County and 81-year-olds in Martin and Dakota counties, respectively. 

– Two of them were in long-term care facilities.

– 17 percent of all confirmed cases have required hospitalization.

– In the U.S. there are 189,633 confirmed cases, and 4,081 deaths. 

11:05 a.m. update

Five more people have died from the novel coronavirus in Minnesota, bringing the state's total to 17, while the total number of cases has risen to 689.

While no details have been released about the latest patients who died from the virus, the five deaths mark the largest single day rise seen in Minnesota so far.

Minnesota's total COVID-19 confirmed cases meanwhile has risen by 60.

The numbers are up to date as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, which saw the number of COVID-19 tests performed by the Minnesota Department of Health and independent laboratories rise from 19,780 to 21,191 – 12,911 of which have been conducted by independent labs, like the Mayo Clinic.

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There have been 122 hospitalizations in total, of which 54 remain hospitalized, down two from Tuesday's totals. There are 27 patients currently in intensive care. 

There have been 342 patients to recover from the disease.

The 689 confirmed cases are likely only a fraction of the actual amount of COVID-19 in Minnesota, as state health leaders continue to say that there are likely far more people carrying the disease without having been diagnosed or tested.

The age range for confirmed cases has been as young as 4 months old to 104 years old, with a median age of 46. The age range for the hospitalized is 6-94.

Approximately a third of the positive tests are out of Hennepin County, where there have been 218 confirmed cases. Martin County, with 29 cases, has the most cases per capita among Minnesota counties.

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