There have been 24 more deaths from COVID-19 in Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed.
This brings Minnesota's total deaths from the coronavirus so far up to 419, of which 338 have been in long-term care settings.
There was a rise of 435 positive cases in Minnesota after a further 3,625 tests were performed in the latest reporting period. The state's goal is to ramp up testing until there are 20,000 done per day.
As of 4 p.m. Saturday, there were 373 people hospitalized, a drop of 16, of which 155 are in intensive care, an increase of 20.
Among those in the ICU is an infant less than a month old.
- Confirmed cases: 6,663 (up from 6,228)
- Deaths: 419 (up from 395)
- Still hospitalized: 373 (down from 389)
- Patients in intensive care: 155 (up from 135).
- Patient recoveries: 3,015 (up from 2,397)
Hennepin County has had 277 deaths from 2,151 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 940, mostly linked to an outbreak at the now-closed JBS pork plant in Worthington.
Counties with other meat plant outbreaks include Stearns County (589 cases, up from 531) and Kandiyohi County (167 cases, up from 145).
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. The median age of persons who have died from the disease is 83. The youngest person to die in Minnesota was a 30-year-old.