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.
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.
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.