Minnesota surpasses 500 coronavirus deaths; 80 percent were residents of long-term care

It's been 63 days since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Minnesota.
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Minnesota has surpassed 500 deaths from COVID-19, the disease cause by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the statewide total since March 21 has reached 508 after 23 more patients succumbed to the respiratory disease. 

Four-hundred-seven of the deaths have been residents of long-term care facilities. 

As the deaths continue to rise so do the number of positive cases, which is a direct result of the state increasing testing capacity. In the latest reporting period – 4 p.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Wednesday – 4,189 tests resulted in 786 positive COVID-19 results. 

More than 5,300 patients no longer need to be isolated after contracting the disease, but those with severe illness now account for 182 of the approximately 1,000 patients needing ICU care around Minnesota. 

The good news is that the state's healthcare facilities, as of May 6, had 251 available ICU beds with another 802 that can be readied within 24 hours and 541 more made available within 72 hours. 

"The ICU rate is quite a bit less steep than the non-ICU bed utilization, so we're still feeling really good about that," said Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, earlier this week. 

You can track the hospital surge capacity here

  • Confirmed cases: 9,365 (up from 8,579)
  • Deaths: 508 (up from 485)
  • Still hospitalized: 435 (down from 443)
  • Patients in intensive care: 182 (up from 180).
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 5,308 (up from 5,005)

Hennepin County has had 342 deaths from 2,962 confirmed cases to lead the state, but Stearns County is the latest fast riser as its case county has jumped to 1,161 to surpass Nobles County (1,153 cases). Both counties have seen outbreaks at meat plants, which has fueled the growth. 

The age range for confirmed cases has been as young as under 1-month-old to 109 years old, with a median age of 45. The median age of those who have died from the disease is 83. The youngest person to die in Minnesota was a 30-year-old.

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota is expected to continue rising as testing increases, with the Mayo Clinic and University of Minnesota leading an effort to test up to 20,000 people per day in the coming days.  

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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