Coronavirus: Minnesota cases jump to 576, one more death confirmed

The latest update from the Department of Health about COVID-19 in Minnesota.

2:15 p.m. update

The latest information provided by Gov. Tim Walz, Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, and director of infectious diseases Kris Ehresmann is as follows:

– Median age of confirmed cases is 45 years old.

– There are now 31 outbreaks (at least 1 case) in congregate care settings, such as nursing homes.

– Minnesotans are adhering well to social distancing, with traffic down 71 percent in greater Minnesota, and 79 percent in the Twin Cities metro.

11 a.m. update

Another person has died from COVID-19 in Minnesota, bringing the total number of deaths to 10.

The latest death was confirmed in a Monday morning update by the Minnesota Department of Health. No details about the victim have yet been released.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota has also risen to 576, an increase of 73 on the 503 reported on Sunday. That's the largest single day rise of confirmed cases so far in Minnesota, surpassing the 66 cases on Mar. 23.

The numbers are up to date as of 8 p.m. Sunday, which saw the number of COVID-19 tests performed by the department of health and independent laboratories throughout the state rise from 17,657 to 18,822 – 10,874 of which have been conducted by independent labs, like the Mayo Clinic. 

 Meeker, Itasca, and Watonwan counties have their first confirmed cases.

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There have been 92 hospitalizations in total, of which 56 remain hospitalized – an increase on 39 from Sunday. Of these, 24 are in intensive care.

There have been 260 patients to recover from the disease

The 576 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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