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Minnesota hits new daily highs for COVID-19 deaths, ICU patients

Anyone with symptoms is urged to get tested as soon as they can.

For the second straight day, Minnesota has set a new daily high for deaths from COVID-19, with the Department of Health announcing 33 more fatalities from the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 (novel coronavirus). 

The 33 deaths bring the state's total to 842. The previous single-day high was 32 deaths, set just 24 hours earlier. Minnesota also saw a big jump in positive tests, with 805 patients testing positive for the disease, though the number was set after 7,394 samples were examined, which is the second-most in a 24-hour period. 

The number of patients hospitalized decreased by 566 to 534, but patients in ICU increased by four to 233, which is a new high.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Tests: 180,971 (up from 173,566)
  • Confirmed cases: 19,005 (up from 18,200)
  • Deaths: 842 (up from 809)
  • Still hospitalized: 534 (down from 566)
  • Patients in intensive care: 233 (up from 229).
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 12,696

There are also nine deaths likely caused by COVID-19. Those nine, identified as probable deaths, which 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.

Hennepin County has had 518 deaths from 6,350 confirmed cases to lead the state. Other counties to exceed 1,000 cases include Ramsey County (2,018), Stearns County (1,881), Nobles County (1,432) and Anoka County (1,044), while Dakota County (961) is nearing 1,000.

The state's maximum single-day testing capacity, as of earlier this week, is 13,704, with a goal of reaching a capacity of 20,000 per day by June. A spokesperson from Minnesota's Testing Command Center told Bring Me The News on Tuesday that daily testing totals would be higher if more people were going in for tests.

"People are choosing not to go in to get tested," said Terri Dresen, the command center's public information officer. "If you are remotely symptomatic, please go in. This is why we built the capacity."

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

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