Minnesota saw another 20 deaths, a drop in hospitalizations, but a rise in ICU patients in the latest coronavirus figures.
The update brings the total deaths in Minnesota from COVID-10 to 578. Of those deaths, 464 have occurred in a long-term care setting – with 15 out of the 20 latest deaths coming from long-term care.
The figures from the Minnesota Department of Health say 480 more patients were positive for the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
There are 6,882 patients no longer need to be isolated after contracting the disease, while there has been a significant fall in hospitalizations from 476 to 434, albeit there number in the ICU has hit a high of 199, rising from 180.
There were 4,825 tests carried out in the 24 hours up to 4 p.m. Saturday.
You can track the hospital surge capacity here.
- Tests: 111,088 (up from 106,263)
- Confirmed cases: 11,271 (up from 10,790)
- Deaths: 578 (up from 558)
- Still hospitalized: 434 (down from 476)
- Patients in intensive care: 199 (up from 180).
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 6,882 (up from 6,322)
Hennepin County has had 389 deaths from 3,379 confirmed cases to lead the state. Other counties with major outbreaks include Stearns County (1,405, up from 1,348), and Nobles County (1,255, up from 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.
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.