COVID-19 outbreak brings new daily high for deaths in Minnesota

Anyone with symptoms is urged to go in for a test as soon as possible.
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Minnesota's COVID-19 death toll has reached 809 after another 32 people were reported dead in the latest update from the Department of Health.

The 32 deaths, of which 28 were in long term care settings, are the most in a single day since the first death was reported Mar. 21, surpassing the 30 deaths reported May 6. 

The rise in confirmed cases – 530 more – comes from 6,218 tests performed in the 24-hour reporting period, which ended at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 patients in ICU increased from 212 to 229, with the patients currently hospitalized with the disease reaching 566. 

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Tests: 173,566 (up from 167,338)
  • Confirmed cases: 18,200 (up from 17,670)
  • Deaths: 809 (up from 777)
  • Still hospitalized: 566 (up from 550)
  • Patients in intensive care: 229 (up from 212).
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 12,488

The number of patients who no longer require isolation includes patients who have died.

There are also nine deaths likely caused by COVID-19. Those nine, identified as probable deaths, which represent victims who never received a COVID-19 test, but for whom doctors believe within a reasonable degree of certainty that the virus caused their death.

Hennepin County has had 502 deaths from 6,029 confirmed cases to lead the state. Other counties to exceed 1,000 cases include Stearns County (1,853), Ramsey County (1,925) and Nobles County (1,414). Anoka (995) and Dakota (929) are also nearing 1,000.

The state's maximum single-day testing capacity, as of earlier this week, is 13,704, with a goal of reaching a capacity of 20,000 per day by June. A spokesperson from Minnesota's Testing Command Center told Bring Me The News on Tuesday that daily testing totals would be higher if more people were going in for tests.

"People are choosing not to go in to get tested," said Terri Dresen, the command center's public information officer. "If you are remotely symptomatic, please go in. This is why we built the capacity."

You can find your closest testing facility in Minnesota through this link.

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