Coronavirus: Deaths continue downward trend, but hospitalizations jump

The latest figures have been issued by the Minnesota Department of Health.

A further 17 people have died in Minnesota and there has been a significant increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, according to the latest figures from the Minnesota Department of Health.

There have now been 748 deaths from the coronavirus in Minnesota in total, with the death rate having slowed over the past week compared to late April and early May. 

Of the 17 latest deaths, 13 of them happened in long-term care. There have now been 608 deaths in total in long-term care settings.

There have been a further 665 positive cases in the state, after 5,229 tests were conducted up to 4 p.m. Monday.

But there has been a significant increase in hospitalizations related to COVID-19, rising from 488 in Monday's data to 545 on Tuesday. Of those, 229 are in the ICU.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Tests: 161,835 (up from 156,606)
  • Confirmed cases: 17,029 (up from 16,372)
  • Deaths: 748 (up from 731)
  • Still hospitalized: 545 (up from 488)
  • Patients in intensive care: 229 (level).
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 11,540

The number of patients who no longer require isolation includes patients who have died.

There are also nine deaths likely caused by COVID-19. Those nine, identified as probable deaths, which represent victims who never received a COVID-19 test, but for whom doctors believe within a reasonable degree of certainty that the virus caused their death.

Hennepin County has had 476 deaths from 5,650 confirmed cases to lead the state. Other counties to exceed 1,000 cases include Stearns County (1,782), Ramsey County (1,720) and Nobles County (1,394).

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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