The plateauing or perhaps even declining trend of the first wave of the COVID-19 outbreak in Minnesota continues, with Tuesday's update from the state health department revealing the fewest number of new, single-day cases since late April.
Of the 6,203 diagnostic tests sampled in the latest 24-hour reporting period, 197 returned positive results, eight of which were removed, for an official total of 189. That's the fewest in a single day since April 26.
The update Tuesday includes nine more deaths, bringing the statewide death toll from the coronavirus to 1,313. Of those, 1,041 were residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities. Older people living in congregate care settings are considered to be at a higher risk for serious illness from the disease.
Patients in the hospital with COVID-19 remain at the lowest totals since late April.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Tests: 429,145 (up from 422,922)
- Confirmed cases: 30,882 (up from 30,693)
- Deaths: 1,304 (up from 1,304)
- Still hospitalized: 357 (up from 353)
- Patients in intensive care: 185 (down from 186).
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 27,006 (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.