A new website launched by the State of Minnesota on Friday will give Minnesotans a better look at where things stand locally in the fight against the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The site, found here, features a dashboard for current COVID-19 statistics in the state as well as key information about hospital capacity of ICU beds and ventilators, in addition to critically important personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers.
There are currently 55,000 face masks, 348,000 N95 respirator masks, 27,000 face shields, 106,000 gloves, and 24,000 gowns available to healthcare workers in Minnesota.
The numbers may seem large but due to a national shortage, these numbers are severely low for the expected demand as the outbreak worsens.
The state's capacity for ICU beds is 1,145, of which 881 are currently in use (40 COVID-19 patients are in ICU as of Friday), leaving a total of available ICU beds at 264.
But another 1,098 ICU beds could be readied within 24 hours notice, and an additional 525 would be ready if needed within 72 hours.
Minnesota has 2,241 ventilators on hand, of which there are currently 1,384 available. The state has ordered 888 more, but it is not clear if or when that order will be fulfilled.
The site also reveals more granular data about Minnesota patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. Here's how many of each of the following age ranges have tested positive:
- 0-5 years: 3
- 6-19 years: 23
- 20-44 years: 328
- 45-64 years: 263
- 65+ years: 172
As a reminder, symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, and diarrhea. You should manage your symptoms at home and isolate yourself. You should call your healthcare provider if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Trouble breathing.
- Ongoing pain or pressure in the chest.
- New confusion or not being able to wake up.
- Bluish lips or face.
Your doctor or clinic physician will provide instructions on when to go to a hospital if it is deemed necessary.