After a few days of lower death totals from COVID-19, Minnesota was hit hard again as Wednesday's report from the Department of Health shows 29 more people have died from the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 (novel coronavirus).
Those who died include one person in their 40s, one in their 50s and the rest at least 60 years of age. The state's cumulative death toll has now reached 777.
Twenty-six of the 29 were residents of long-term care facilities, which comes after the Minnesota Department of Health admitted that COVID-positive patients were still being returned to their care homes after hospital treatment.
The rise in confirmed cases – 645 more – comes from 5,503 tests performed in the 24-hour reporting period, which ended at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The state's maximum single-day testing capacity 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.
Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 patients in ICU dropped from 229 to 212, though patients currently hospitalized with the disease has reached 550.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Tests: 167,338 (up from 161,835)
- Confirmed cases: 17,670 (up from 17,029)
- Deaths: 777 (up from 748)
- Still hospitalized: 550 (up from 545)
- Patients in intensive care: 212 (down from 229).
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 11,540
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 485 deaths from 5,838 confirmed cases to lead the state. Other counties to exceed 1,000 cases include Stearns County (1,831), Ramsey County (1,846) and Nobles County (1,396). Anoka (955) and Dakota (885) are also nearing 1,000.