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Minnesota reports 2 more COVID-19 deaths

There are now 398 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

UPDATE 2:30 P.M.

More details have been released about the two latest Minnesotans to die from COVID-19

The Minnesota Department of Health said in its 2 p.m. briefing that the two latest people to die were in their 80s and residents in long-term care settings.

The four people who have died so far have all been in their 80s, with three of them living in congregant living settings such as long-term care.

There are also 14 people currently with COVID-19 in intensive care currently.

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Minnesota health officials have confirmed two more people have died from COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 4.

No details have yet been released about the latest patients to die. The first two deaths in Minnesota were both patients in their 80s from Ramsey County.

There are now 398 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota.

The number represents an increase of 52 from Thursday's total of 346. These only represent the confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, as state health leaders believe the disease is widespread in Minnesota with a high likelihood of many more undiagnosed residents carrying the virus.

Fifty-one patients have required hospitalization, including 34 who remain hospitalized, an increase of 3 from yesterday's total. A total of 180 patients confirmed to have had the disease have recovered.

On Wednesday when issuing a "Stay at Home" order, Walz said that based on models put together for Minnesota, the epidemic will peak in mid-August, though ICU capacity will be reached by late July.

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The state health department ran just 80 tests Wednesday for a total of 6,929. Independent laboratories tested an additional 973 people, bringing their total to 7,074. The total number of tests in Minnesota is now at 14,003.

People with respiratory symptoms who don't require hospitalization and aren't healthcare workers/long-term care residents are being told to isolate themselves and manage their symptoms at home. Furthermore, anyone with any sign of illness – even a runny nose or cough – is advised to stay home.

You can find guidance on what to do in the event you have any kind of respiratory symptoms here.

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