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Minnesota reaches 700 COVID-19 deaths, ICU cases rising

Minnesota has now exceeded 700 deaths from the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
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Another 17 people have died from COVID-19, bringing Minnesota's death toll from the disease to 700, according to Saturday's update from the Department of Health. 

The deaths include one victim in their 40s while the 16 others were at least 70 years of age. Fourteen of the 17 were residents of long-term care facilities, which have been hit especially hard at this stage of the pandemic. 

Since the first case in Minnesota was reported March 6, there have been a total of 14,969 patients – 740 new cases in the reporting period reflective of 4 p.m. Thursday through 4 p.m. Friday – who have tested positive and 10,271 patients who no longer need to be isolated. The total includes patients who have died.

The 740 new cases are the result of a new daily testing record in the state, with more than 8,600 samples tested in the past 24 hours. 

One of the key metrics over the course of the pandemic is the state's ICU capacity. As of Friday (the latest update), 991 ICU beds were in use. The state's maximum ICU capacity is 2,588. As of today, 225 of the ICU beds – an increase of 25 in the past day – in use are COVID-19 patients. You can track the hospital capacity here.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Tests: 143,281 (up from 134,669)
  • Confirmed cases: 14,969 (up from 14,240)
  • Deaths: 700 (up from 683)
  • Still hospitalized: 493 (down from 498)
  • Patients in intensive care: 225 (up from 200).
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 10,271 (up from 9,503)

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 454 deaths from 4,930 confirmed cases to lead the state. Other counties to exceed 1,000 cases include Stearns County (1,675), Nobles County (1,353), and Ramsey County (1,416).

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you can find guidance on what to do and where to get tested here.

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