The death toll from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, continues to rise in Minnesota as 27 more people have died to bring the statewide total to 455.
Meanwhile, a single-day record 617 patients tested positive for the disease from a total of approximately 3,800 tests that were conducted between 4 p.m. Sunday and 4 p.m. Monday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. That brings the positive case total to 7,851 since the first case was diagnosed March 6.
Of those confirmed cases, 4,614 patients have recovered – more than 2,000 recovering since Friday. But the number of patients who require critical care treatment in the ICU have been steadily increasing, going from 118 last Friday to 135 Saturday, 155 Sunday, 166 Monday and 182 Tuesday.
- Confirmed cases: 7,851 (up from 7,234)
- Deaths: 455 (up from 428)
- Still hospitalized: 434 (up from 396)
- Patients in intensive care: 182 (up from 166).
- Patient recoveries: 4,614 (up from 4,212)
Hennepin County has had 303 deaths from 2,519 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 1,069, mostly linked to an outbreak at the now-closed JBS pork plant in Worthington.
Meanwhile, Stearns County's caseload has jumped to 815 (up from 728 yesterday). That increase is due in part to an outbreak at a meat plant in Cold Spring.
A collaboration between Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota is expected to have the state testing 20,000 patients per day within 2-3 weeks. 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 persons who have died from the disease is 83. The youngest person to die in Minnesota was a 30-year-old.
A previous version of this story said there were just over 2,000 tests performed in the latest reporting period, but that was due to a reporting error at the Minnesota Department of Health.