The goal of testing 5,000 patients for COVID-19 per day in Minnesota was nearly reached in the latest reporting period, with the Minnesota Department of Health announcing Saturday that 4,993 tests were conducted between 4 p.m. Thursday and 4 p.m. Friday.
Of those tests, 702 patients were positive for the disease caused by the new coronavirus. In addition, 24 more Minnesotans died, bringing the statewide total to 558. In the last 10 days, 239 people have died.
Testing has increased substantially over the past two weeks, but the numbers released each day by the state health officials may not represent the full load of tests because some healthcare facilities are not reporting negative results. State leaders have said that testing 5,000 people per day is necessary to reopen the economy, but the ultimate goal is 20,000 diagnostic tests per day.
There are 6,322 patients no longer need to be isolated after contracting the disease, but there have been increases in hospitalizations, which now stands at 476, although the number of deaths may have factored in the number of patients needing ICU dropping from 198 to 180.
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- Confirmed cases: 10,790 (up from 10,088)
- Deaths: 558 (up from 534)
- Still hospitalized: 476 (up from 473)
- Patients in intensive care: 180 (down from 198).
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 6,322 (up from 5,697)
Hennepin County has had 374 deaths from 3,379 confirmed cases to lead the state, but Stearns County is the latest fast riser as its case county has jumped to 1,348 to surpass Nobles County (1,230 cases).
Both counties have seen outbreaks at meat plants, which has fueled the growth.
The age range for confirmed cases has been as young as under 1-month-old to 109 years old, with a median age of 44. The median age of those who have died from the disease is 83. The youngest person to die in Minnesota was a 30-year-old.