Another 23 people have died from COVID-19 in Minnesota, bring the state's total to 233 since the first death was confirmed on March 21.
The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed that another 261 patients have tested positive for the virus to bring the total number of confirmed cases to 3,446.
Of those, 1,654 have recovered and no longer need isolation.
Today marked the highest daily figures for deaths, positive cases, and tests so far in Minnesota since the outbreak began.
There were 2,810 tests conducted in the 24 hours that ended 4 p.m. Friday, which comes amid a ramp-up of the state's testing capability and as such we're seeing higher numbers of cases.
A collaboration between Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota is expected to have the state testing 20,000 patients per day within 2-4 weeks.
Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said this week not to be surprised if the number of confirmed cases in a single day reaches 1,000 as testing is rolled out.
- Confirmed cases: 3,446 (up from 3,185)
- Deaths: 244 (up from 221)
- Total hospitalized: 797 (up from 756)
- Still hospitalized: 288 (up from 278)
- Patients in intensive care: 109 (down from 111).
- Patient recoveries: 1,654 (up from 1,594).
One of the hot spots of outbreak in Minnesota is at a JBS pork plant in Worthington, which has fueled a spike in the number of positive tests in Nobles County, which has gone from 36 confirmed cases last Friday to 325 today, including one death.
Hennepin County has had 155 deaths from 1,287 confirmed cases.
Because of widespread community transmission, there are many more assumed cases of COVID-19 – possibly 100 times the number of confirmed cases – that thus far have not been formally diagnosed because of testing limitations.
The age range for confirmed cases has been as young as 4 weeks old to 104 years old, with a median age of 54, while the average age of persons who have died from the disease is 83.