Minnesota reports first child death from COVID-19

The latest data represents everything reported to MDH through 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has announced the state's first child death from COVID-19.

Per the report, a child between the ages of 0-5 in Clay County is among the four new deaths reported on Monday, which comes after the MDH's daily COVID-19 update release was delayed by an hour.

No details about the child have been released, including whether they had any underlying health conditions that would make them potentially more susceptible to complications.

Last week, MDH infectious disease specialist Kris Ehresmann noted that no one younger than 19 had died of COVID-19 in Minnesota. Here are case fatality rates by age in Minnesota, per Ehresmann's data from last week

  • Ages 0-19: 0.00% (no deaths)
  • Ages 20-29: 0.02% (2 deaths from 10,097 cases)
  • Ages 30-39: 0.13% (11 deaths from 8,256 cases)
  • Ages 40-49: 0.31% (20 deaths from 6,441 cases)
  • Ages 50-59: 1.36% (78 deaths from 5,741 cases)
  • Ages 60-69: 5.47% (184 deaths from 3,366 cases)
  • Ages 70-79: 15.3% (287 deaths from 1,881 cases)
  • Ages 80-89: 30.8% (516 deaths from 1,674 cases)
  • Ages 90-99: 44.5% (391 deaths from 879 cases)
  • Ages 100+: 58% (29 deaths from 50 cases)

"The case fatality rate increases with age, but there are consequences for individuals who are younger, in terms of long-term sequelae. And cases in those age groups can impact spread in the greater community and ultimately impact our most vulnerable populations," said Ehresmann. 

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Monday's figures

Meanwhile, there were 903 confirmed cases in the latest 24-hour reporting period, which is a new single-day high, breaking the previous high of 840 set on May 23. The May 23 high was from just shy of 9,000 tests, while this time around the 903 cases (922 were reported, but 19 have been removed) came from 14,261 tests, giving it a daily positive test rate of 6.3%. 

The positive test rates for each reporting period over the past 14 days are:

  • July 7: 10.2%
  • July 8: 5.9%
  • July 9: 4.6%
  • July 10: 2.96%
  • July 11: 5.00%
  • July 12: 5.5%
  • July 13: 3.5%
  • July 14: 5.2%
  • July 15: 4.4%
  • July 16: 4.1%
  • July 17: 4.5%
  • July 18: 2.77%
  • July 19: 4.26%
  • July 20: 6.3%

The World Health Organization says that a 14-day positive test rate of below 5 percent is the key to keeping businesses open. Minnesota's 7-day rolling average, as of Sunday, was 4.00%, according to Johns Hopkins University.

"If you go above 5 percent it indicates that you may be heading back into a phase of more rapid spread of the disease," said MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm.

Iowa (8.89%), Wisconsin (7.26%), North Dakota (6.02%) and South Dakota (5.44%) are all testing at a higher positive rate than Minnesota over the past seven days, per the Johns Hopkins data.

There was more positive news in that the number of hospitalizations and patients in the ICU have dropped.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Tests: 867,410 (up from 853,149)
  • Positive cases: 47,107 (up from 46,204)
  • Deaths: 1,545 (up from 1,541)
  • Still hospitalized: 247 (down from 258)
  • Patients in intensive care: 115 (down from 120)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 40,742 (up from 40,001)

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