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Coronavirus death toll in Minnesota rises by 13 Sunday

The numbers represent all confirmed cases from the latest reporting period, which ended at 4 p.m. Saturday.
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The death toll from the novel coronavirus in Minnesota is now at 134 after 13 new fatalities were reported Sunday by the state health department. The statewide number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased by 143, bringing the total to 2,356 since March 6. 

Nobles County's number of confirmed cases jumped from 36 Saturday to 60 Sunday, possibly a direct result from an outbreak at JBA USA pork plant in Worthington. 

The figures are updated as of 4 p.m. Saturday, which is the cut-off point of the daily reporting period.

  • Confirmed cases: 2,356 (up from 2,213)
  • Deaths: 134 (up from 121)
  • Total hospitalized: 574 (up from 561)
  • Still hospitalized: 228 (down from 239)
  • Patients in intensive care: 116 (up from 111).
  • Patient recoveries: 1,160 (up from 1,118).

Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says that all of Minnesota's COVID-19 fatalities have been confirmed with testing. If deaths are only listed as "suspected" or "probable" of having been caused by COVID-19, they aren't included in the death count

As of Friday, there have been 9 deaths in Minnesota where COVID-19 is "suspected" or "probable."

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.

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Because of widespread community transmission, there are many more assumed cases of COVID-19 – possibly 100 times the number of confirmed cases – that cannot be formally diagnosed due to testing limitations.

The age range for confirmed cases has been as young as 4 weeks old to 104 years old, with a median age of 54, while the average age of persons who have died from the disease is 85.

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

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