After the lowest reported deaths and positive COVID-19 tests in a 24-hour period since late April on Tuesday, Wednesday's update from the Minnesota Department of Health shows a slight uptick in deaths and cases, though there were a record number of tests conducted in the reporting period.
Twelve new deaths bring the statewide total to 1,325 – 1,051 being residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities – while a single-day record 19,442 tests returned 419 positive results. Of those 419, five were dropped for an official tally of 414.
Patients hospitalized from severe symptoms caused by the coronavirus dropped slightly again, keeping the totals at the lowest levels since late April. In fact, the number of hospitalized patients has dropped by more than 100 – 455 to 351 – in the past eight days.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Tests: 448,587 (up from 429,145)
- Confirmed cases: 31,296 (up from 30,882)
- Deaths: 1,325 (up from 1,313)
- Still hospitalized: 351 (down from 357)
- Patients in intensive care: 181 (down from 185).
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 27,404 (up from 27,006)
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 in the next 7-10 days.
You can find your closest testing facility in Minnesota through this link.