Monday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health shows the continuing trend of the novel coronavirus possibly plateauing throughout the state.
The report shows six more deaths – the lowest single-day total since April 12 – to bring the statewide death toll since Mar. 21 to 1,304. Though it should be noted that reported deaths on Mondays and Tuesdays tend to be lower due to reporting delays over the weekend.
There were 5,212 tests conducted between 4 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, turning up 230 positive results, eight of which have been removed for an official tally of 222.
Patients requiring hospital care also continues a declining trend. There are actually more patients in ICU (186) than in regular hospital care (167). The 353 total hospitalized patients is the lowest its been since April 29.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Tests: 422,922 (up from 417,710)
- Confirmed cases: 30,693 (up from 30,471)
- Deaths: 1,304 (up from 1,298)
- Still hospitalized: 353 (down from 369)
- Patients in intensive care: 186 (level from Sunday).
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 26,609 (up from 26,090)
There have been 31 patients deemed to have "probably" died from COVID-19, though that total isn't included in the aforementioned death toll. Those cases 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.
Meanwhile, health officials are encouraging anyone who attended protests in recent days to go in for a COVID-19 test, and they recommend doing so whether you have symptoms or not.
Early indications are that protests have not led to significant outbreaks, according to the University of Minnesota's Dr. Michael Osterholm, who joined WCCO Radio Monday morning. Osterholm indicated that a lot more will be learned in the next 7-10 days.
You can find your closest testing facility in Minnesota through this link.