Another 28 people have died from the coronavirus in Minnesota, bringing the state's total to 371.
There was a rise of 594 positive cases in Minnesota after a further 4,553 tests were performed in the latest reporting period – both record highs. The state's goal is to ramp up testing until there are 20,000 done per day.
Health officials on Thursday said that from here on out, a more accurate measure of the extent of coronavirus in Minnesota will be the number of deaths, hospitalizations, and ICU patients.
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, there were 369 people hospitalized, a rise of 4, of which 118 are in intensive care, a drop of 12, though some of that will be attributable to the new deaths.
- Confirmed cases: 5,730 (up from 5,136)
- Deaths: 371 (up from 343)
- Still hospitalized: 369 (up from 365)
- Patients in intensive care: 118 (down from 130).
Hennepin County has had 243 deaths from 1,829 confirmed cases to lead the state, but the second-leading county for positive tests is Nobles County, which has seen its case total rise to 866, mostly linked to an outbreak at the now-closed JBS pork plant in Worthington.
Counties with other meat plant outbreaks include Stearns County (435 cases, up from 267) and Kandiyohi County (135 cases, up from 91).
A collaboration between Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota is expected to have the state testing 20,000 patients per day within 2-3 weeks. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said last week not to be surprised if the number of confirmed cases in a single day reaches 1,000 as testing advances.
The age range for confirmed cases has been as young as under 1-month-old to 109 years old, with a median age of 48, while the median age of persons who have died from the disease is 83. The youngest person to die from the disease in Minnesota was 30 years old.