Coronavirus: 9 more dead as positive tests, ICU patients increase in Minnesota

Stearns County jumped to 728 total cases, the third most in the state.
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Monday's daily update from the Minnesota Department of Health shows nine more deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. 

That brings statewide death toll to 428. Three-hundred-forty-five of the deaths were residents of long-term care facilities. Meanwhile, with testing ramping up the number of positive cases has jumped by 571 more patients, bringing the state's total since March 6 to 7,234. 

Of those confirmed cases, 4,212 patients have recovered. 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 and now 166 today.  

  • Confirmed cases: 7,234 (up from 6,663)
  • Deaths: 428 (up from 419)
  • Still hospitalized: 396 (up from 373)
  • Patients in intensive care: 166 (up from 155).
  • Patient recoveries: 4,212 (up from 3,015)

Hennepin County has had 284 deaths from 2,298 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 1,011, mostly linked to an outbreak at the now-closed JBS pork plant in Worthington. 

Outbreaks at meat plants have also spark case surges in Stearns County (728 cases, up from 589) and Kandiyohi County (188 cases, up from 167). 

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 47. 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.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you can find guidance on what to do and where to get tested here.

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