Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, June 18

Nineteen deaths were reported Thursday.

Thursday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that 19 more people have died from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, though hospitalizations continue to drop. 

Of the 19 deaths, 13 were residents of the long-term care or assisted-living facilities, continuing the trend of the vast majority of COVID-19 fatalities in the state coming from such congregate care settings. Since the first death was confirmed Mar. 21, there have been 1,344 deaths, with 1,064 having been residents of congregate care. 

Also, one of the deaths reported on Thursday was a person in their 30s in Hennepin County.

Total hospitalized COVID-19 patients (345) is at its lowest level since the last day of April, while the 171 patients currently in ICU is the lowest its been since May 4 (166). 

The latest 24-hour reporting period saw just over 12,000 tests result in 387 positives, though eight have since been removed for an official count of 379. 

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Tests: 460,879 (up from 448,587)
  • Confirmed cases: 31,675 (up from 31,296)
  • Deaths: 1,344 (up from 1,325)
  • Still hospitalized: 345 (down from 351)
  • Patients in intensive care: 171 (down from 181).
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 27,566 (up from 27,404)

There have been 32 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 this week.

You can find your closest testing facility in Minnesota through this link.

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