Coronavirus: Second COVID-19 death reported in Minnesota

The number of cases has jumped to 346.
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A second patient in Minnesota has died from COVID-19.

The death has been confirmed in the Minnesota Department of Health's daily update, with a person in their 80s from Ramsey County dying this past Saturday.

The first person to die in Minnesota from COVID-19 was also a person in their 80s from Ramsey County. They died last Thursday, Mar. 19.

There are now 346 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota.

The number represents an increase of 59 from Wednesday's total of 287. These only represent the confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, as state health leaders believe the disease is widespread in Minnesota with a high likelihood of many more undiagnosed residents carrying the virus.

Forty-one patients have required hospitalization, including 31 who remain hospitalized, an increase of 5 from yesterday's total. A total of 134 patients confirmed to have had the disease have recovered.

Gov. Tim. Walz said Tuesday that Minnesotans have done well by staying home and limiting large gatherings as much as possible, with the results showing that "we have slowed the infections rate, have pushed out the peak and have pushed out the peak to ICU capacity." 

On Wednesday when issuing a "Stay at Home" order, Walz said that based on models put together for Minnesota, the epidemic will peak in mid-August, though ICU capacity will be reached by late July.

As of Wednesday, there were 235 ICU beds available in Minnesota hospitals, though plans are underway to open emergency healthcare shelters in stadiums and arenas.

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The state health department ran 484 tests Wednesday for a total of 6,849. Independent laboratories tested an additional 991 people, bringing their total to 6,101. The total number of tests in Minnesota is now at  12,950.

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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