Wednesday's update from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that there are now 287 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota.
The number represents an increase of 25 from Tuesday's total of 262. 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.
A Ramsey County resident in their 80s died from the disease last Thursday. There have been no other confirmed deaths in Minnesota, which is reflective of all data through 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Thirty-five patients have required hospitalization, including 26 who remain hospitalized (an increase of 11 from yesterday's total). A total of 122 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."
As of Tuesday, there were 243 ICU beds available in Minnesota hospitals.
Despite success in slowing down the outbreak, Walz estimates that 40-80 percent of Minnesotans will get COVID-19 over the course of the epidemic, the length of which doe not have a clear end date.
After conducting only 150 tests Monday, the state health department ran 553 tests Tuesday for a total of 6,365. Independent laboratories have tested approximately 5,110 more patients for the virus, bringing Minnesota's total number of tests to more than 11,500.
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.
Here's how the numbers have risen in the past week:
- Mar. 16 - 54 total
- Mar. 17 - 60 total
- Mar. 18 - 77 total
- Mar. 19 - 89 total
- Mar. 20 - 115 total
- Mar. 21 - 137 total
- Mar. 22 - 169 total
- Mar. 23 - 235 total
- Mar. 24 - 262 total
- Mar. 25 - 287 total
You can see an interactive map of estimated totals for every Minnesota county right here.