Coronavirus: Deaths drop in latest figures, but hospitalizations continue to rise

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The COVID-19 death toll has risen by 10 for a total of 852 in Minnesota, according to Saturday's update from the Department of Health. 

It's a much lower number than the previous three days, which totaled 94 deaths, including back-to-back single-day highs on Thursday (32) and Friday (33). 

Meanwhile, the latest 24-hour testing period saw 840 positive cases from 8,522 tests. 

The number of patients hospitalized increased from 534 to 568, though the number of patients in ICU dropped from 233 to 215. 

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Tests: 189,493 (up from 180,971)
  • Confirmed cases: 19,845 (up from 19.005)
  • Deaths: 852 (up from 842)
  • Still hospitalized: 566 (up from 534)
  • Patients in intensive care: 215 (down from 233).
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 13,485

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 524 deaths from 6,649 confirmed cases to lead the state. Other counties to exceed 1,000 cases include Ramsey County (2,164), Stearns County (1,918), Nobles County (1,444) and Anoka County (1,092), while Dakota County (999) is 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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