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Coronavirus: Four more deaths confirmed in Minnesota, total cases surpasses 500

Case numbers shot up above 500 as well.

Four more people have died from COVID-19 in Minnesota, bringing the total number of deaths to nine.

The latest deaths were confirmed in a Sunday morning update by the Minnesota Department of Health. No details about the victims have yet been released.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota has also surged to 503, an increase of 62 on the 441 reported on Saturday.

The numbers are up to date as of 8 p.m. Saturday, which saw the number of COVID-19 tests performed by the department of health and independent laboratories throughout the state rise from 16,129 to 17,657 – 9,954 of which have been conducted by independent labs, like the Mayo Clinic. 

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There have been 75 hospitalizations in total, of which 39 remain hospitalized – an increased on 30 from Saturday.

There have been 252 patients to recover from the disease.

The 503 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.

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People with respiratory symptoms who don't require hospitalization and aren't healthcare workers/long-term care residents are being told to isolate themselves and manage their symptoms at home. Furthermore, anyone with any sign of illness – even a runny nose or cough – is advised to stay home.

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

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