3 p.m. update
The latest updates from the Minnesota Department for Health and Gov. Tim Walz in Tuesday afternoon's media briefing:
– Both of the patients who were the latest to die from COVID-19 in Minnesota were from Hennepin County. Neither were residents in long-term care facilities.
– One was an 83-year-old who died in a hospital.
– The other was a 73-year-old who died from home.
– Of the 12 deaths reported in Minnesota so far, 8 have been in Hennepin County.
– 173 healthcare workers have tested positive for COVID-19.
Most of the healthcare workers exposed to the virus got it through travel or outside of a healthcare setting.
11:05 a.m. update
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to increase in Minnesota as new information from the Minnesota Department of Health shows there have now been a total of 629 patients infected with the disease and 12 people who have died, an increase of two in the last 24 hours.
The numbers are up to date as of 8 p.m. Monday, which saw the number of COVID-19 tests performed by the department of health and independent laboratories throughout the state rise from 18,822 to 19,780 – 11,676 of which have been conducted by independent labs, like the Mayo Clinic.
There have been 112 hospitalizations in total, of which 56 remain hospitalized – even with Monday's total of 56. Of those, 26 are in intensive care, an increase of two from Monday.
There have been 288 patients to recover from the disease.
The 629 confirmed cases are likely only a fraction of the actual amount of COVID-19 in Minnesota, as state health leaders continue to say that there are likely far more people carrying the disease without having been diagnosed or tested.
The age range for confirmed cases, as of Monday's information, was 4 months to 104 years old, with a median age of 45.
Nearly a third of the cases are out of Hennepin County, where there have been 204 positive tests. Martin County, with 25 cases, has the most cases per capita among Minnesota counties.
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.