Minnesota's coronavirus death toll has reached 200 after 21 more patients died from COVID-19, according to the latest information released by the Minnesota Department of Health.
The 21 additional deaths come on the heels of the most advanced single day of testing Minnesota has seen yet, with 221 patients testing positive from 2,204 diagnostic tests. The state's confirmed cases now totals 2,942, of which 1,536 have recovered.
The figures are updated as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, which is the cut-off point for Thursday's reporting period.
- Confirmed cases: 2,942 (up from 2,721)
- Deaths: 200 (up from 179)
- Total hospitalized: 712 (up from 660)
- Still hospitalized: 268 (up from 240)
- Patients in intensive care: 104 (down from 107).
- Patient recoveries: 1,536 (up from 1,317).
The jump in patients testing positive comes after Jan Malcolm, commissioner of the state health department, said Wednesday that Minnesotans will begin seeing more testing in the coming days and weeks, led by a union between Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota that eventually aims to test 20,000 people per day and get everyone with symptoms tested.
One of the hot spots of outbreak in Minnesota is at a JBS pork plant in Worthington, which has fueled a spike in the number of positive tests in Nobles County, which has gone from 36 confirmed cases last Friday to 196 today, including one death.
Hennepin County has had 123 deaths from 1,132 confirmed cases.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms – fever, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, headache, chills, or sore throat – should self-quarantine for at least seven days, or until going without a fever for 72 hours (without fever-reducing medication), according to guidance from the state health department.
Because of widespread community transmission, there are many more assumed cases of COVID-19 – possibly 100 times the number of confirmed cases – that cannot be formally diagnosed due to testing limitations.
The age range for confirmed cases has been as young as 4 weeks old to 104 years old, with a median age of 54, while the average age of persons who have died from the disease is 83.
You can find guidance on what to do in the event you have any kind of respiratory symptoms here.